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The BJS Director

Kevin M. Scott, PhD

Principal Deputy Director Kevin M. Scott, PhD, currently serves as acting director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the primary statistical agency of the Department of Justice responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating statistics on crime, individuals who commit crimes, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. Dr. Scott has been with BJS since 2017 and brings a wealth of subject matter expertise, statistical knowledge, and management skills. 

While at BJS, Dr. Scott has served in multiple executive leadership roles. Since 2021, as Deputy Director of Statistical Operations, he oversaw administration of BJS’s data collections as a member of the senior leadership team. From 2017 to 2021, he headed the Law Enforcement Statistics Unit, supervising data collections that covered federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and training academies, forensic laboratories, and medical examiners and coroners' offices. During this time, he also supervised the Judicial Statistics Unit, which is responsible for the Federal Justice Statistics Program and BJS’s prosecution, indigent defense, and judicial statistics data collections. 

Prior to joining BJS, Dr. Scott worked as an analyst for the Congressional Research Service, as an analyst for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and as the Director of the Policy Analysis Unit in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Kevin earned his PhD and MA in Political Science at The Ohio State University, and his BA in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma (Norman).



Date Created: August 12, 2022