LAURIE ROBINSON is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University. She has been involved in national criminal justice policy for more than three decades. Ms. Robinson was appointed by President Barack Obama in late 2014 to serve as co-chair of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and twice served (in the Obama and Clinton Administrations) as the Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General heading the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP). She is the longest serving head of OJP, the Justice Department’s research, statistics and grants agency, in its 47-year history. Her second tenure saw a focus on science and evidence-based programming. Between her stints in government, she served as the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science Program in Criminology and as a senior fellow in Penn’s Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. During her first DOJ tenure, Ms. Robinson spearheaded a substantial expansion of the federal government’s engagement with states and localities on community-based crime control and supported new innovations to address crime. Prior to joining the federal government, she was director of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section in Washington, D.C., for 14 years, and founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. Ms. Robinson received her B.A. in political science from Brown University.
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