An inmate of the Beaver County Jail holds a Bridges to Life workbook during a small-group meeting at the jail. The program, run by Penn State Beaver Administration of Justice students, brings victims and inmates together to help both sides heal.
Bridges to Life, a program run by Penn State Beaver Administration of Justice students at the Beaver County Jail, is helping victims and offenders heal by encouraging them to come together and share their stories.
Five students from Penn State Beaver, Shenango and New Kensington are helping to implement Bridges to Life, a restorative justice program, in Beaver County. As the inaugural cohort of Beaver County-based facilitators, the students will not only go into the Beaver County Jail to work with inmates, but they will also be responsible for training future volunteers of the Bridges program and extending the reach of restorative justice.
Penn State Beaver Associate Professor Mari Pierce is studying the transcripts of every death-eligible case in the state of Oregon from 2000 to 2010 to see if and how juries are influenced. Her findings could change the way capital cases are tried.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Mari Pierce is examining capital case transcripts for insight on jury decisions, research that one day could affect how cases are tried and the future of the death penalty in the United States.
Beaver administration of justice instructor LaVarr McBride received a Schreyer grant, which he hopes will be "an opportunity to involve our students in hands-on criminal justice" and help crime victims and offenders connect and heal.