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Justice & Safety Center

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The Justice & Safety Center is comprised of a team of faculty and staff professionals at Eastern Kentucky University dedicated to strengthening justice and safety at the local, state, national, and international levels. Since 1998, JSC has achieved recognition as a leading university-based center focused on providing quality research, project management, and expertise in the following areas:

Training & Learning  ·  Technology & Innovation  ·  Security & Resilience  ·  Special Studies

Those involved in the implementation of justice and safety programs, especially at the local and state levels, face many challenges, such as:

  • Increasing demands for higher quality services, but often with few resources to match those demands
  • Evolving threats and hazards complicated by aging infrastructure and changing social conditions
  • Innovations in technology that not only provide opportunities for improving services, but also new threats associated with an increasingly mobile and connected society

JSC remains steadfast in supporting the justice and safety community through these difficult times. For example, programs and projects recently awarded to JSC by the Federal government have advanced training among homeland security personnel, resulted in new tools and systems that conform to national standards, and broadened knowledge of equipment used at all levels of practice. Click here to download a snapshot of JSC programs and projects.

The JSC has a long history of working collaboratively with external organizations and partners to meet programmatic goals and objectives. Example partners include Federal Government departments and agencies, state and local practitioners, academic partners at EKU and other institutions of higher education, and national associations of key stakeholders. We welcome the opportunity to partner for improving research and services.


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Amy C. Hughes, MS
Director, Justice and Safety Center
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