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.
Associate Professor of Administration of 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.