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The next steps in studying crime

from The Crime Report

Until this year, the National Institute of Justice, which oversees federal research on crime and justice issues, was headed by John H. Laub of the University of Maryland, a former president of the American Society of Criminology. Laub's appointment, in 2009, by President Barack Obama, represented the first time in its nearly 40-year history that the NIJ was run by an academic criminologist. This month, Laub left NIJ to return to teaching at Maryland, making him the second major justice agency head to depart as the Obama administration begins a second term. James Lynch recently left his post as director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In a recent Q&A with The Crime Report, Lynch discussed the challenge of working under sharply diminished federal budgets. more


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