Program Activities

The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management is a research program within the Wiener Center at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) that conducts research and links research to practice across the US and in countries in Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, and South America, and:

  • Gathers and convenes approximately 40 faculty from across the University engaged in related teaching or research for the Harvard Interfaculty Partnership in Crime and Justice;
  • Identifies over 35 courses across the University on crime, justice, or safety issues
  • Offers and funds annual summer internships; This year's students will be in New York City, Florida, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Last summer students interned in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Jamaica, Bangladesh, as well as Denver, CO; Washington, DC; and Chelsea, MA.
  • Funds academic year fellowships for an incoming first year student at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) interested in criminal justice sector policy and practiceannually.
  • Supports and provides funding for the Criminal Justice Student Professional Interest Council (PIC), which has over 100 students;
  • Course offerings include CCJ funded fieldwork in which students traveled to San Francisco, Philadelphia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Kenya, South Africa, and Papua New Guinea;
  • Sponsors public events over the year that engage faculty, staff, students and practitioners on current crime and justice issues – see right side of this page for highlights of past topics.

PCJ Event Highlights

Illicit Drugs and Security:  Building a 21st Century Policy to Address Domestic and Global Drug Challenges 

United Nation's Rule of Law Engagement in Post Conflict States – Where Now?

Discussion about Youth Violence in Scotland

Shifting from a Military to a Police Presence in Conflict Zones

Policing Diverse Communities: Views from the Field

Career Conversation with 'Drug Czar'

Rightsizing an Urban Jail System

Increased Solvability or Increased Intrusion? The Use of Familial DNA in Criminal Investigations

Crime, Criminal Justice and Criminology in Nigeria

See Events for details and recaps

Screenings and Discussions with Authors, Faculty, Staff, Alumni

Book talk and reception for Recognizing Public Value

Screening and discussion of the film, The House I Live In, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy

Career Seminar for students which provided invaluable advice about summer internships, careers, and Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) strategies.

Film screening and discussion of Heaven's Rain, a film based on the true story of a HKS alumnus’ efforts to overcome a vicious crime that took his parents’ lives

Panel discussion on Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

Discussion by luminaries on the  book, Collaborate or Perish!: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World

A discussion of Crime, Saftey, Gangs, and Policing in Chicago

A screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary series ' Brick City: The Story of Newark'

A discussion of discussion the book: Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

See Events for details and recaps

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