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  • Name: Thomas Abt

    Task Force Leadership: Chair, Violent Crime Working Group; Director, National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

    Task Force Membership: Crime Trends Working Group|Violent Crime Working Group|National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

    Job Title: Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice and Founding Director, Violence Reduction Center

    Company Name: University of Maryland

    Bio: Abt studies, teaches, and writes about the use of evidence-informed approaches to address violent crime and other public safety problems. He chaired the Council on Criminal Justice Violent Crime Working Group and directed its National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. Abt is also an associate research professor at the University of Maryland, where he founded its Center for the Study and Practice of Violence Reduction. Previously, he served as a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and held leadership positions in the New York Governor’s Office and the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Abt is the author of Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence - and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets, published in 2019. His work has been featured in media outlets including the Atlantic, the Economist, the New Yorker, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio.