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Daniel Lawrence
Principal Research Associate
Former employee

Daniel Lawrence is a principal research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. His research focuses on police legitimacy and procedural justice, police technology, police screening and hiring practices, and community policing. He conducts both quantitative and qualitative research and has received grants from the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and other funders. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, and Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.

Lawrence’s current and past projects include evaluations of police-community interactions, body-worn cameras, gunshot detection technology, and public surveillance systems. Previously, Lawrence worked at RTI International’s Policing Research Program and the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also been a research consultant for two Illinois criminal justice research agencies: the Sentencing and Policy Advisory Council and the Criminal Justice Information Authority, which is the state’s Statistical Analysis Center.

Lawrence holds a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University and an MA and PhD in criminology, law, and justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety
Race and equity
Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice
Racial equity in education