U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder named Harvard Professor Robert Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, to the newly created Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board on Nov. 23. Sampson was one of 18 scholars and practitioners in criminology, statistics, and sociology, and practitioners in the criminal and juvenile justice fields to be named.
“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 Holder.
The advisory board will provide an extra-agency review of and recommendations for OJP research, statistics, and grant programs, ensuring the programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners.
Read the full announcement.