On November 9, 2009, Laurie O. Robinson was sworn in as Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP). OJP encompasses OJJDP, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime. In addition, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART).
In her confirmation hearing on October 7, Assistant Attorney General Robinson stressed the importance of facilitating access by the juvenile justice field to OJJDP’s comprehensive resources and information, using evidence-based solutions to juvenile delinquency, and working closely with the Inspector General to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Robinson previously served as the Assistant Attorney General of OJP from 1993 to 2000, the longest tenure of any director in the agency's history. Until her confirmation, she served as director of the master of science program in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Criminology, a Distinguished Senior Scholar in the University's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, and Executive Director of the Forum on Crime and Justice.