Tapping a Rising Movement & An Overview of Stats and Legislation, plus What’s Ahead


With Special Guest Dr. Sandra Pavelka

Sandra Pavelka, Ph.D., serves as founding Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Pavelka previously served as the Project Administrator of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. She also was Senior Research Associate with the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Pavelka serves as Editor for the International Journal of Restorative Justice and holds a number of leadership positions on local and state boards. Dr. Pavelka received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specialization in Justice Policy from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation, Practice to Policy to Management: A Restorative Justice Framework, focused on system reform and policy implementation of restorative justice nationally. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Pavelka’s research interests include: community and restorative justice, juvenile justice, public policy and program evaluation.

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