Political scientist Jeffrey Sedgwick, director of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics for nearly two years, has been named acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Justice Programs. Sedgwick, 56, who is on leave from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was appointed yesterday by President Bush. He replaces Regina Schofield, who resigned last year.
The Justice Programs agency administers federal anticrime grants through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and includes not only the statistics agency but the research agency–the National Institute of Justice–the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Sedgwick, who also worked at BJS for two years in the 1980s, is a graduate of Kenyon College and the University of Virginia, where he earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees. His doctoral dissertation explored welfare economics and criminal justice policy.