WestEd works collaboratively to inform decision-making and interventions designed to increase safety for schools and communities, prevent crime and violence, improve juvenile and adult justice systems, and sustain public health by preventing substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors.
We center equity as a guiding principle behind all our work.
- We strive to advance equity through our use of collaborative, respectful, and culturally responsive approaches to partnership and knowledge-building.
- We are dedicated to elevating the voices and expertise of people from historically marginalized communities and those with lived experience.
Throughout our research and evaluation work, we partner variety of government, foundation, community-based and other organizations to conduct rigorous studies, lead policy analysis, and provide evidence-informed technical assistance.
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About the Justice & Prevention Research Center
The majority of our work in justice and prevention evolves from WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC), which is a non-partisan source of rigorous and policy-relevant research, evaluation, and technical assistance for government leaders, policymakers, foundations, researchers, media, and community-based leaders working in public safety, public health, and justice systems.
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Our nationwide team includes researchers, evaluators, and technical assistance experts who are working to address challenges in these areas related to justice and prevention research.
With nationwide reach and expertise spanning multiple content areas, we provide rapid support to our partners who are seeking non-partisan, balanced information and assistance to respond to critical needs.
Dr. Anthony Petrosino
Dr. Anthony Petrosino is Director of the Justice and Prevention Research Center (JPRC) at WestEd. He is also Affiliated Faculty and Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.
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