Laurie Robinson was confirmed by the Senate last night as assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs. Robinson, who also served in the Clinton administration, is in charge of the Justice Department agency that administers several billion dollars in anticrime aid to states, localities and private organizations. The office includes the Justice Department’s research agency, the National Institute of Justice, as well as the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office for Victims of Crime.
At Robinson’s confirmation hearing last month, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said her “substantial experience and institutional knowledge will surely be of immeasurable benefit.” The Senate also confirmed three U.S. Attorneys last night, bringing the total in the Obama administration to 21 of 93 positions, reports MainJustice.com. The newly confirmed prosecutors include Carmen Ortiz of Massachusetts, Ed Tarver of Georgia, and Benjamin Wagner of California’s Eastern District.