The Center is a nonprofit organization first incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 with its main office in Kensington, Maryland, and satellite offices in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The Center’s staff and network of expert consultants are configured into project teams that have diverse qualifications and backgrounds in corrections, organizational development, nonprofit management, training, criminal justice, human services research, agency administration, and policy development. In our work with clients, the Center:

  1. Strives to understand the world in which you work and the difficulties that you confront.
  2. Explores opportunities that will allow you to implement successful change.
  3. Places at your disposal a wealth of experience, knowledge of evidence-based practices and current trends, and its practical application to your work.
  4. Opens lines of communication across organizational and political boundaries and facilitates candid discussions to overcome barriers to change.
  5. Works closely with you to ask the appropriate questions and search for the right answers.

Our Vision

Safe communities achieved through humane, rational, and well-informed justice.

Our Mission

To assist justice system professionals and their partners to collaboratively identify and implement effective, evidence-based strategies that reduce harm and improve justice system outcomes.

Our Values

The work in which the Center engages is complex and challenging and has great potential to impact not only clients and communities but also the Center’s staff. Recognizing this, fundamental to the Center’s work are the following values:

  • Upholding honesty, integrity, and excellence
  • Supporting human dignity, mutual respect, and support
  • Honoring diversity and individual differences
  • Promoting shared responsibility and success
  • Celebrating that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Facilitating systematic analysis, problem solving, and continual learning
  • Appreciating that clients are the experts in their respective systems
  • Remaining sensitive to the political environment and culture in which we work
  • Engaging those who are impacted by, have an investment in, and can influence change
  • Recognizing that change cannot be simply imposed, but must be organic and collaborative