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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics at its meeting Thursday, according to the panel’s Web site.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

BJS nominee James P. Lynch was tapped for the post on Oct. 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology’s vice president-elect.

Lynch told panel members at a confirmation hearing last month that he would ensure that the statistical body was independent and free from political manipulation. He sat on a National Research Council panel that recommended last July that the BJS become independent of the Office of Justice Programs in the DOJ hierarchy to avoid political pressures. Read the National Research Council report, which was sponsored by the DOJ, here.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

If confirmed, he would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs.

The panel is also scheduled to vote on DOJ nominees Dawn Johnsen (to head the Office of Legal Counsel), Mary L. Smith (to lead the Tax Division) and Christopher Schroeder (to head the Office of Legal Policy) during its business meeting tomorrow. Their nominations were held over from last week.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

James P. Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today that, if confirmed, he would ensure that the statistical body was independent and free from political manipulation.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

The bureau, which serves as a clearinghouse for crime and criminal justice statistics, came under scrutiny in 2005, when its director, Lawrence A. Greenfeld, was allegedly demoted after he complained about a decision by the Justice Department to play down statistics on the hostile police handling of black and Hispanic drivers. Read the New York Times article on the dismissal here.

Lynch sat on a National Research Council panel that recommended last July that the BJS become independent of the Office of Justice Programs in the DOJ hierarchy to avoid political pressures. Read the National Research Council report, which was sponsored by the DOJ, here.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary panel, said he didn’t support the recommendations. He said putting the BJS directly under the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General would not help keep politics out of the bureau.

“The more you get prominent, the more you get politicized,” Sessions said at the nomination hearing.

Lynch said at the hearing that he would make certain that the bureau can be trusted. “The way you do that is the same way you always do that: You provide accurate, timely and useful data,” the nominee said.

Obama tapped Lynch for the post on Oct. 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology’s vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics.

If confirmed, he would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee Web site.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

Obama tapped James P. Lynch for the post on October 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

He would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the DOJ Office of Justice Programs

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

President Obama intends to tap a criminal justice professor as the next Bureau of Justice Statistics director, the White House announced today.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

James P. Lynch is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics. Read more about him here.

He would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs. The statistics bureau is part of the Justice Department.