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Mari Pierce speaks with a student while judging his research project.

Mari Pierce judges Undergraduate Exhibition

Mari Pierce, associate professor of Administration of Justice, talks with Jeremy Brown on April 25 at the 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition in the Penn State Beaver Lodge. Pierce was a judge at the event.

An inmate dressed in a prison jumpsuit holds a book that says Bridges to Life on the cover.

Bridges to Life workbook

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.

An inmate dressed in a prison jumpsuit holds a book that says Bridges to Life on the cover.

Administration of Justice: Building bridges

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.
Inmates in Indiana stand in a common room to listen to a speaker.

Students forge a path for restorative justice

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.
Inmates in Indiana stand in a common room to listen to a speaker.

Bridges to Life inmates

Beaver, Shenango and New Kensington students visited a prison in Indiana to receive training for Bridges to Life, a restorative justice program they plan to implement in Beaver County this spring.

Mari Pierce speaks with a student while judging his research project.

Re-examining the death penalty

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.