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Professor James Lynch Confirmed as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics

June 23, 2010, New York, NY -- The United State Senate has confirmed James Lynch, distinguished professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Lynch was nominated to this position in fall of 2009.

“We congratulate Professor Lynch on his confirmation to such an important position in the Obama Administration. He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will be invaluable to the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the nation,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The Office of Justice Programs, U.S Department of Justice said of Lynch:

“Lynch, a distinguished professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College in New York, was previously a professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society at American University, where he also served as chair of the Department. Throughout his career, Lynch has focused on measurement issues in criminal justice data and statistics. His work with Al Biderman on the nation's two crime measures—the Uniform Crime Report and the National Crime Victimization Survey—is the authoritative source comparing national crime statistics. He has published three books and numerous articles on crime statistics, victimization surveys, victimization risk, and the role of sanctions in social control.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, is the primary statistical agency of the Department of Justice. BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, crime victims, and criminal justice operations. BJS annually publishes data on criminal victimization, populations under correctional supervision, and federal criminal offenders and case processing. BJS also provides financial and technical support to state, local, and tribal governments.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit