Tracking crime stats
from The Crime Report
In October 2009, President Barack Obama nominated James P. Lynch, then a distinguished criminologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, to run the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. After two and a half years, Lynch is leaving to become chairman of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. As he packed up his office recently, Lynch sat down with The Crime Report's Washington bureau chief, Ted Gest. In a wide-ranging conversation, Lynch discussed how methodologies for tracking key indices like crime victimization, sex crimes and recidivism are being revamped; and why there remain significant "holes" in data about the U.S. justice system.
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