Laurie Robinson is temporarily returning to her job heading the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, which oversees statistics, research, crime victim aid, and anticrime grants to states and localities. Robinson served in the position as an Assistant Attorney General between 1993 and 2000 in the Clinton Administration. She will serve now until someone is nominated by Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate for the position.
Robinson is taking a leave of absence from her position as director of the Master of Science Program in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Criminology, which she has headed since 2001. She also is a distinguished senior scholar in the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at Penn and board chairman of the Vera Institute. Under her previous leadership at Justice, the annual appropriations for her agenty grew from $800 million to more than $4 billion in 2000.