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  • Name: Karen Friedman

    Job Title: Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement

    Company Name: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice

    Bio: In January 2022, Karen Friedman joined the Bureau of Justice Assistance as a Presidential appointee to the newly created position of Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement.

    Bio 2: Friedman previously served over 20 years as a member of the Maryland Judiciary sitting in Baltimore. In that capacity, she served on every level of trial court and completed her service on the Baltimore City Circuit Court, the highest trial court in the state. She headed Baltimore’s drug treatment court and sat on the judiciary’s Equal Justice Commission’s sentencing subcommittee. Friedman is known in Baltimore for her expertise on the intersection of criminal justice with behavioral health as well as for her innovative approach to sentencing and probation.