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Laura van der Lugt

Deputy Program Director, State Initiatives

As deputy program director of impact for Justice Counts, Laura leads a team that helps policymakers and criminal justice agency leaders use Justice Counts data to improve criminal justice outcomes as part of the program’s foundational belief that it should be easy for decision-makers across the country to use that data to make informed decisions that advance public safety, equity, and fairness. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Laura was the director of research and innovation at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she worked in the Boston (MA) Police Commissioner’s Office of Research and Development. Laura holds a BA in sociology from Bates College, an MA in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University. 

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