Laurie Robinson, who will become a Robinson Professor in the fall of 2012, has been involved in national criminal justice policy for three decades. She has twice served as a Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, the research, statistics and criminal justice assistance arm of the Department. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the same post in the Clinton Administration, make her the longest serving head of the agency in its 45-year history. Robinson’s recent tenure heading the $2.5 billion agency was marked by a focus on science and evidence-based programming: She established a Science Advisory Board for OJP, launched an initiative to better integrate evidence into OJP’s programs and policy decisions, set up a first-time “what worksclearinghouse” for the criminal justice field, and secured Congressional funding for a set-aside across the agency’s appropriation to support research.
Between her stints in the Justice Department, Robinson launched, and then directed, the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science Program in Criminology and served as a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Penn’s Jerry Lee Center of Criminology.
During her first tenure at the Justice Department in the 1990s, the federal government’s engagement with states and localities on community-based crime control — and support for innovation in addressing crime — expanded substantially. The agency’s annual budget grew from $800 million in 1993 to over $4 billion in 2000. She oversaw the largest increase in federal spending on crime-related research in the nation’s history and spearheaded major federal initiatives in such areas as violence against women, drug treatment courts, and law enforcement technology.
Prior to joining the federal government, she served for 14 years as director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Criminal Justice in Washington, D.C. At the ABA, she founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. She has frequently testified before Congress and has served on numerous national boards, including those of the Vera Institute of Justice (which she chaired from 2006 to 2009), the Constitution Project, the Police Foundation, and the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA). A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. She lives in Northwest Washington with her husband, Sheldon Krantz, a law professor.
New Robinson Professor, Laurie Robinson, was recently interviewed by The Crime Report regarding major issues in criminology today and her work in the Justice Department. From the interview: “The Crime Report: You’ve mentioned on many occasions that you are an advocate of evidence-based programs. How much progress have we made on that front in the […]
Laurie Robinson will become the Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society this fall. She has twice served as a Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the same post in the Clinton […]