Areas of Focus


Juvenile Justice

Youth in Washington State encounter a myriad of challenges and barriers as they navigate the state’s juvenile justice system and various social service systems. Often, juvenile offenders have a history of family strain, parental incarceration, school failure, unemployment, and housing instability or poverty. Recognizing this, the SAJE Center resolves to accelerate justice for Washington State’s most vulnerable youth populations. SAJE actively seeks collaborations with local organizations, advocacy groups, legislatures, and researchers who are best positioned to center the needs and experiences of youth and their communities. Click below to learn more about SAJE’s specific projects committed to accelerating juvenile justice.


Adult Justice

The SAJE Center seeks to accelerate justice for Washington State’s most marginalized adult populations. Through the study of adult justice mechanisms, SAJE’s work describes and addresses solutions to local and state criminal justice needs using a combination of research evidence and technical assistance. SAJE collaborates with state, regional, and community organizations to describe system goals and needs, examine evidence based programming initiatives, and develop tools to assist local practitioners. Click below to learn more about SAJE’s specific projects committed to advancing adult justice.


Dependency and Multi-System Involvement

The SAJE Center recognizes the unique needs of youth who are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. While maintaining a broader commitment to accelerate justice for Washington’s juvenile population, SAJE also holds a specialized commitment to advance programs and policies that improve the lives of multi-system involved youth. Such a specialized focus centers the needs of Washington’s most vulnerable and marginalized youth. Click below to learn more about The SAJE Center’s specific projects committed to justice for multi-system involved juveniles.