Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D., was appointed by President Biden as Director of the National Institute of Justice in March of 2022. As head of NIJ, La Vigne leads DOJ's research, technology, and evaluation agency, overseeing social science research projects, technology initiatives and forensic activities focused on improving public safety and promoting an equitable justice system. Dr. La Vigne's research expertise ranges from policing and corrections reform to reentry, criminal justice technologies and evidence-based criminal justice practices. Prior to her appointment she served as Executive Director of the Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Policing and before that she served as Vice President at the Urban Institute, directing Urban’s Justice Policy Center. Before joining Urban, Dr. La Vigne was the founding Director of the Crime Mapping Research Center at NIJ and later was Special Assistant to OJP’s Assistant Attorney General. Dr. La Vigne holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University, a Master’s in public affairs from the LBJ School at the Univ. of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor’s in government and economics from Smith College.
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