History of NIJ

NIJ was created in 1969 and has been in the forefront of nearly every innovation in criminal justice research and policy ever since. Understanding the nature of criminal careers, the effects of sanctions, the ways technology can improve practice, and the operations of the criminal justice system have all been deeply influenced by NIJ research findings.

NIJ Directors

  • Greg Ridgeway, acting 2013
  • John H. Laub, 2010–2013
  • Kristina Rose, acting 2009
  • David W. Hagy, 2006–2009 (confirmed 2008)
  • Glenn R. Schmitt, acting 2005–2006
  • Sarah V. Hart, 2001–2005
  • Julie Samuels, acting 2000–2001
  • Jeremy Travis, 1995–2000
  • Carol V. Petrie, acting 1994
  • Michael J. Russell, acting 1993–1994
  • Charles B. DeWitt, 1990–1993
  • James K. Stewart, 1982–1990
  • W. Robert Burkhart, 1982
  • James Underwood, 1981–1982
  • Harry Bratt, 1979–1981
  • Blair Ewing, 1977–1979
  • Gerald Caplan, 1973–1977
  • Martin Danziger, 1971–1973
  • Irving Slott, acting 1970–1971
  • Henry Ruth, 1969–1970
  • Ralph Siu, 1968–1969

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Date Modified: March 4, 2013