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The BJS Director

Alex Piquero
BJS Director Alex Piquero, PhD

The Director is appointed by the President to lead the Bureau of Justice Statistics and establish the agency’s objectives, guided by the needs of the field and the priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In June 2022, President Biden appointed Alexis R. Piquero, PhD, to be Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Dr. Piquero was sworn in as Director on August 15, 2022. Learn more about Dr. Piquero.

Director Piquero’s priorities include–

  • Modernizing BJS, with respect to data usage, data visualization, and data communication
  • Ensuring that BJS data and research products are the most accurate, relevant, and timely
  • Ensuring that BJS data and research are not just easily accessible but also especially useful to a broad community of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the general public.


Date Created: August 12, 2022