Mission & History

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Founded in 2017, the SAJE Center maintains a community advisory core comprised of Washington State Legislators, and leaders in juvenile justice administration, justice system advocacy, and healthcare. The research capacity of the SAJE Center is rooted in expertise from the University of Washington, Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Community advisory members work to guide the research portfolio of the SAJE Center, and assist in identifying community collaborators with which to engage.


The SAJE Center mission is to accelerate progress in the justice system by linking community, research and government in sustained partnership. Key operational areas for SAJE are:

  • Continuous feedback for system improvement,

  • System reports for evaluating overall progress

  • Translating research into innovative practice.


SAJE’s co-directors collaborate and have demonstrated success working with jurisdictions locally and statewide to integrate research into policy and practice. Examples include improving the statewide risk and needs tool in juvenile probation, assessing the impact of female-specific treatment groups, evaluating the impact of juvenile detention reform, and studying the relationship between a county’s investment in public health programs and resulting rates of juvenile violence in the home. The co-directors inform decision makers about new national and international developments in justice research, policies, and programs, and publish an annual report of progress towards Washington State’s goals of effective justice and community health.