Mission & Services
The mission of the Justice Programs Office (JPO) is to apply the tools of scholarship, and professionalism, and "best practices" to the design and management of public programs, with particular attention to policy development and the administration of justice at the local, state, and federal levels of government. To carry out this mission, the JPO engages in training, technical assistance and research programs and provides information and publication dissemination services to government officials, NGOs and the public at large.
All of the JPO's activities are designed to strengthen awareness of:
- public accountability of government agencies and officials
- the ethical responsibilities and standards of performance of government employees
- the obligation of citizens for responsible critique and constructive reform of public institutions
- the cultural and historical foundations of the role of courts and the judicial function in a democratic society
In carrying out its mission, the JPO - its faculty, staff, senior fellows, and consultants - are pledged to exemplify the values of competence, integrity, and objectivity as representatives of American University and of the agencies and organizations it serves.