Laurie Robinson came to George Mason in 2012 as the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society after more than three decades working on national criminal justice policy. Reflecting that ongoing engagement, she was named by President Obama in 2014 to co-chair the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and also in 2014, was named to the Congressionally created Colson Task Force on crowding in the federal prison system. She currently sits on the New York City Independent Commission on Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (the “Rikers Commission”). Robinson twice served as Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, DOJ’s research, statistics and criminal justice assistance agency. Between her stints at DOJ, Robinson directed Penn’s Master of Science Program in Criminology. She serves on a number of national boards, including the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.