Julie Samuels is a senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute with extensive knowledge of the federal criminal justice system. At Urban, she examines issues related to growth in the federal prison system, federal justice case processing trends, justice reinvestment, and offender DNA collection. She co-led the Bureau of Justice Statistics–funded Federal Justice Statistics Program and was the lead author of Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System.
A former senior executive at the US Department of Justice, Samuels served as director of the Office of Policy and Legislation in the Criminal Division, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, assistant to the attorney general, and director of the Police Hiring Task Force and Secretariat of the Chemical Action Task Force. She is currently a member of the DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.
Samuels has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MPP from the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley.