Edwin W. Zedlewski, a former top official of the National Institute of Justice, died last weekend at 71. Zedlewski had worked at the agency from 1975 to 2011. Zedlewski “helped form and hone the research tools to understand ‘what works,’ he helped broker a more effective partnership between research, practice, and public policy, and he made real lasting contributions to the safety of our communities and neighborhoods across the country,” said NIJ colleague Thomas Feucht.
Among his many activities were leading a three-year project integrating public- and private-sector investments into a general theory of crime prevention and deterrence; advising the Bureau of Justice Statistics on the design of the National Crime Survey, and leading the development of the Corrections and Law Enforcement Family Support program. One of his later achievements was the development and implementation of a cutting-edge demonstration project to test the utility of DNA for high-volume non-violent crimes in five U.S. jurisdictions.