The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies was established at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall of 1992. The Center operates e-wide as one of the land-grant functions of the University. It was established out of a recognition that one of the timeless areas of citizen concern is justice at all levels of society. This concern directs attention to scholarship, social policy, and the relationship between the two. The Center was created to stimulate scholarship that would generate information about justice issues which could form the basis for informed social policy.
The Center is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, whose purpose is to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary social research, especially in social justice related areas, and to expedite and promote interdisciplinary teaching and development of degree programs among the constituent organizational elements making up the school.
The Grant Sawyer Center Center for Justice Studies has several goals including:
To encourage faculty, departments, and students with an interest in broad issues of justice to work together on research, teaching, and service activities of mutual interest;
To forge working partnerships between scholars, on the one hand, and practitioners within the legal system of the community, state, and nation on the other.
To join efforts with the internationally recognized National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), both located on the university campus, in seeking greater understanding of justice issues and better performance of the mechanisms through which justice is developed and fostered in society's institutions.