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Karen Friedman

Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement
Karen Friedman

Karen Friedman joins the Bureau of Justice Assistance as a Presidential appointee to the newly created position of Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement.

Karen comes to us after serving 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.

Karen 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. She is looking forward to using the wealth of knowledge gained on the bench in Baltimore to help improve the lives of those affected by the criminal justice system.

Date Created: January 10, 2022