American University Justice Programs Office Law and Legal Definition

The American University Justice Programs Office refers to the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University. 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. The office works for policy development and assist the administration of justice at the local, state, and federal level of government. The office provides technical assistance, research, evaluation, and training services to domestic and foreign government agencies and organizations in the area of justice system operations.

The American University Justice Programs Office aims to strengthen the awareness of:

a. public accountability of government agencies and officials;

b. the ethical responsibilities and standards of performance of government employees;

c. the obligation of citizens for responsible critique and constructive reform of public institutions; and

d. the cultural and historical foundations of the role of courts in a democratic society.