Two key Obama appointees in the Justice Department have been confirmed by the Senate: John Laub as director of the National Institute of Justice and James Lynch as director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. They were among more than 60 nominations whose confirmations were delayed by Senate Republicans in a dispute over a presidential recess appointment.
Laub, a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will be the first criminologist in four decades to serve as director of NIJ. His research areas include crime and deviance over the life course, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, and the history of criminology. Lynch, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, previously chaired the department of Justice, Law, and Society at American University. He has focused on measurement issues in criminal justice data and statistics. His worked with Al Biderman on the nation’s two crime measures–the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report and BJS’ National Crime Victimization Survey.