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Public Policy and Administration

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2438

Name: Dr. Jeremy Phillips
Position: Department Chair
Phone: 610-436-2016

Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: Assistant Chair & MPA Director
Phone: 610-436-2286

Name: Dr. Kristen Crossney
Position: DPA Director
Phone: 610-430-5838

Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Director
Phone: 610-436-2018

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American Prisons and Jails - An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends

DPA student Beth Sanborn contributes to this newly released book, focusing on the topic of male prisoners’ perceptions of female prison guards. Congratulations Beth!

This two-volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the history and current character of American prisons and jails and their place in the U.S. corrections system.

This encyclopedia provides a rigorous and comprehensive summary of correctional systems and practices and their evolution throughout US history.

Topics include sentencing norms and contemporary developments; differences between local jails and prisons and regional, state, and federal systems; violent and nonviolent inmate populations; operations of state and federal prisons, including well-known prisons such as ADX-Florence, Alcatrez, Attica, Leavenworth, and San Quentin; privately run, for-profit prisons as well as the companies that run them; inmate culture, including prisoner-generated social hierarchies, prisoner slang, gangs, drug use, and violence; prison trends and statistics, including racial, ethnic, age, gender, and educational breakdowns; the death penalty; and post-incarceration outcomes, including recidivism.

The set showcases contributions from some of the leading scholars in the fields of correctional systems and practices and will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about American prisons, jails, and community corrections.


  • Contains approximately 225 entries, comprehensively examining all aspects of American prisons and jails
  • Includes an Annotated List of Relevant Organizations and Institutes for ease of reference
  • Provides a chronology of important developments related to prisons and jails in US history
  • Lists print, electronic, and multimedia resources in a bibliography for readers interested in exploring the topic further
Read the Spring 2018 Newsletter

Check out our mention in the Spring 2018 Dixon University Center (DUC) newsletter: DUC news

Watch STRIDE Impact VideoPlay video

Informational video created by MPA students Joy Drager and Bill Simonson as part of a class project that features the impact of STRIDE, a fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 8.

Archaeologists excavating

Archaeologists Kevin Bradley and Kathryn Wood (MPA '14) excavate a privy at the site of the future Museum of the American Revolution in Old City. (Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution.) Read the article written in the Huffington Post: Teams Excavating Toilets Flush Out Thousands of 18th Century Artifacts.

Upcoming Events

DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force (PPTF) is now accepting applications and would like students of West Chester University to apply! Get your community’s voice heard and take part in the region’s transportation planning.

The mission of the Task Force is to provide ongoing access to our region’s planning process and empower citizen involvement. Members are given a platform to learn more about upcoming projects, provide feedback on planning practices, and test out public outreach strategies. For more details about the PPTF, visit

Applications are due by December 21st, 2018. The application can be found online here:


Please check our Graduate Studies website for additional upcoming open houses and information sessions.  Also check out our calendar on the home page to find out where we'll be, out and about on the recruiting trail.


Speaker Series


Past Events

Joe Scarborough, "Political Outlook"

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 • 8:00 pm
  • Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building
  • Orchestra $27 | Balcony $22

Joe Scarborough

As the face of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough pulls from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics. Through candid discussions about important issues that America faces each day, Scarborough and his Democratic co-host, Mika Brzezinski, have been praised by such publications as Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker and the New York Times for their "substantive, informative, and entertaining" show format.

A two-time New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, and founder of the Florida Sun, Scarborough's "Political Outlook" is a presentation of his analysis ofthe biggest current news stories, as well as a breakdown of the news you need to know about politics, elections, the economy and what's next for America.

Judy Woodruff, "Inside Politics"

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 • 8:00 pm
  • Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building
  • Orchestra $27 | Balcony $22

Judy Woodruff

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff has become a trusted voice in America over an impressive career that spans more than three decades across CNN, NBC and PBS. Currently co-anchor and managing editor for the PBS NewsHour, Woodruff's extensive broadcast experience includes her 12-year role as host of CNN's Inside Politics, as well as her tenure as White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977 to 1982.

Woodruff's presentation draws from major national and international stories and provides an inside perspective of the politics in play. Sharing insights on the Trump Administration, Congress and the changing political landscape, "Inside Politics" will provide her take on reporting and interacting with the Washington political scene.

February 27, 2017 - Differences between Management and Leadership in the Policy-Making Process!

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