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Second Annual Seed Funding Announcement

The Criminal Justice Research Center is pleased to announce our second annual seed funding request for proposals.

Applications will be due on Friday, October 26, 2018, with awards announced in December, 2018.

The CJRC is funded through the College of the Liberal Arts and has the primary mission of supporting research in the areas of criminal justice and criminology. We are seeking seed funding proposals for projects in the early stages of development, with priority given to those in one or more of the center's current themes:

(1) Courts and Sentencing

(2) Corrections and Community Re-Entry

(3) Substance Abuse and Treatment

(4) Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation

Please see the Seed Funding page for a description of the funding mechanism and proposal requirements.

Glenn Sterner, Ph.D. recipient of 2018 Outstanding Postdoc Award

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society named Glenn Sterner, Ph.D., the 2018 Outstanding Postdoc recipient. Dr. Sterner was a postdoctoral scholar at the Criminal Justice Center for Research and is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington.

The award ceremony will take place on September 28 at 3:45 p.m. in the HUB, Room 129 AB. Additional information.

Social Networks and Health in a Prison Unit article published in Journal of Health and Social Behavior

The Prison Inmate Networks Study (PINS) research team recently published an article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior on “Social Networks and Health in a Prison Unit.” The article discusses health characteristics and peer relationships of justice-involved individuals. The authors include: Dana Haynie (The Ohio State University), Corey Whichard (The State University of New York, Albany, The Pennsylvania State University, Justice Center for Research Graduate Student Assistant Alumni), Derek Kreager (The Pennsylvania State University, Justice Center for Research Director), David Schaefer (University of California, Irvine), and Sara Wakefield (Rutgers University).

View the article and one-page policy brief.

The Center is Hiring!

Postdoctoral Scholar in Sentencing Research and Policy

 The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) and Department of Sociology and Criminology at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin June 1, 2019, or as soon as practical thereafter. The successful applicant will collaborate with the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing on research related to sentencing guidelines, risk and needs assessment (development and validation of tools), pre-trial release, parole, program evaluation, and related topics. Applications are encouraged from both current Ph.D. candidates (an appointment to the position is contingent on completing all requirements for the degree by the appointment date) and scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past two years. A Ph.D. in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, economics, public policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics or methods of causal inference and to those with research interests in courts or sentencing and with a knowledge of, or practical experience with, program evaluation. Responsibilities may include data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The CJRC has an outstanding portfolio of faculty affiliates, seed funding resources, and externally funded ongoing research projects. The Department of Sociology and Criminology is ranked among the top in the nation and provides graduate and undergraduate programs focused specifically on crime and the criminal justice system. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the potential for a third year contingent on the candidate’s productivity and the availability of funding. Interested candidates must submit an online application and should include a letter of interest and CV. If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Review of applications will begin October 15. For more information about the position, please contact Professor Derek Kreager (

Ethics of Policing Conference

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The Rock Ethics Institute would like to invite you to its upcoming conference, "Ethics of Policing," which will take place September 20-22 at the Penn State - University Park campus. The conference will feature leading scholars on policing from a variety of fields, including African American studies, criminology, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology. 

Prison Re-Entry Services Internship announced for Fall 2018

This internship provides students the opportunity to work with prison staff as part of the Re-Entry Services Office (RSO) at State Correctional Institutions Rockview and Benner, both located in Bellefonte, PA.  The RSO prepares offenders for community reintegration.  The program strives to enhance public safety and to assure good outcomes for offenders during the reintegration process. Full announcement here.

Rehabilitation in Corrections Course to be Offered Fall 2018

RHS 428: Rehabilitation in Corrections will provide an overview of the philosophical and practical aspects of rehabilitation within correctional settings designed to maintain public safety. The history of correctional treatment, recent developments in classification and risk assessment, intervention strategies for offenders with diverse treatment needs, and current approaches to rehabilitation will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the impact of the correctional milieu on achieving an individual’s rehabilitative goals within the context of the correctional professional and offender relationship.

Dr. Glenn Sterner talks about the Share Your Opioid Story project on Philadelphia based podcast

Listen to Dr. Glenn Sterner talk about the Share Your Opioid Story project on the latest Scroll Down: True Philadelphia Stories podcast "Because That's What Families Do," on Grandfamilies.

Local news station WJAC highlights Share Your Opioid Story website

WJAC news recently did a story on the Share Your Opioid Story website. Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar Glenn Sterner explains the project to Alexis Wainwright.

Watch the story