The Institute for Public Safety and Justice at the University of the District of Columbia has a tripartite mission of research, training, and evaluation; coupled with an aggressive service and outreach thrust to government agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other non-profit entities. The Institute seeks to address the University's urban land grant mission by strengthening communities to better resist crime, disorder, and social decay
This mission is directed towards addressing the issues of crime, its related causal factors, community capacity building, as well as broader issues of justice and inequity. The Institute is an integral component of the Administration of Justice Program at the University of the District of Columbia and has the responsibility for implementation of the Program's contribution to the University's urban land grant mission.
The Institute has a primary role in strengthening and supporting the research and public policy components of the academic program in Administration of Justice at the University of the District of Columbia.
Established with enhancement funding and a legislative mandate from the Council of the District Columbia, the Institute for Public Safety and Justice was the successor institution to the District of Columbia Statistical Analysis Center formerly hosted at the University of the District of Columbia.