Science Advisory Board
Attorney General Eric Holder named 18 scholars and practitioners to the newly created Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board. The board is part of a comprehensive effort by the U.S. Department of Justice to help practitioners and policymakers better understand, access, and integrate evidence. At OJP, these efforts also include the Evidence Integration Initiative.
"This Administration is committed to using science to help inform and guide policy development. By providing advice and counsel to the Department of Justice, the members of this advisory board will help us focus on evidence-based approaches to prevent and reduce crime," said Attorney General Holder.
Laurie O. Robinson, OJP's Assistant Attorney General, recommended the creation of the advisory board as a means of bridging the divide between research and practice in criminal justice fields. The board will review and provide recommendations for OJP research, statistics, and grant programs, ensuring programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners.
The board will convene in early 2011 and include scholars and practitioners in criminology, statistics, and sociology, as well as practitioners in the criminal and juvenile justice fields. A complete list of the appointees is available online.