George Mason University's Center for Justice Leadership and Management provides technical assistance and training for policy makers and professionals in the justice field. The center's director is Dr. Stephen D. Mastrofski, University Professor, and the associate director is Dr. James J. Willis, Associate Professor.


The key elements of the center's mission are to:

  • Conduct research in the justice field that contributes to basic scientific knowledge that is useful to policy makers and practioners in this area.
  • Provide professional training and technical assistance to justice organizations, their leaders, and managers in Northern Virginia, throughout the Commonwealth, the Nation, and internationally.
  • Disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and research findings to the public, professionals, and policy makers through conferences, web sites, newsletters, seminars and policy forums, and other appropriate venues.

George Mason University is well-positioned to contribute to the growing demand for research, professional training, technical assistance, and knowledge dissemination in the justice field.


First chartered in 2001, the center is the longest-standing justice research center at George Mason University.  The center has conducted research, technical assistance and training for a variety of funding organizations, such as the U. S. Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the U. S. Navy, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Maryland.  Some of the topic areas are listed below:

  • Policing
  • Juvenile justice
  • Corrections and treatment programs
  • Terrorism and homeland security
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