Ellen Scrivner will become Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s research arm, this month. Scrivner, now director of the Leadership Academy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was deputy director of the Justice Department’s COPS Office in the 1990s. She has also served as deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department and chief psychologist for two major county police departments. President Obama is yet to nominate the NIJ director.
Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson of the Office of Justice Programs told her staff that, “Ellen will bring to NIJ a wealth of experience in applied research and successful collaboration between the federal government and state and local law enforcement – as well as her established network of criminal justice organizations and practitioners across the country.” John Jay President Jeremy Travis, director of NIJ during the Clinton administration, said, “While the college will miss Dr. Scrivner, we are honored that a highly regarded member of our college community has been named to such an important position in the Obama Administration. She brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will be invaluable to the National Institute of Justice and the nation.”