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Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield Announces Departure from Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs

WASHINGTON –Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, has announced her resignation from the Department of Justice, effective September 28, 2007. President Bush nominated Ms. Schofield to the position on March 29, 2005, and the Senate confirmed her appointment on June 8, 2005.

“Regina B. Schofield has served the Department of Justice and the American people with distinction and honor,” said Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. “Ms. Schofield made significant contributions to public safety and criminal justice during her tenure.”

As Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Schofield provided management and oversight to OJP, whose mission is to enlarge the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. She helped guide the development of OJP policy and priorities and coordinated the activities of its bureaus and offices in serving state, local, and tribal communities.

Under Ms. Schofield’s leadership, OJP helped protect children from online predators, produced groundbreaking statistics and research on crime-related matters, advanced law enforcement information sharing, helped crime victims, and watched new successes in Weed and Seed communities across the country working to make neighborhoods safe. She demonstrated significant leadership through her services as the national Amber Alert Coordinator, in which role she encouraged and facilitated the creation and strengthening of regional, state, and local plans to aid in recovering abducted children. She led OJP activities related to a range of major Department initiatives, including Project Safe Neighborhoods, Project Safe Childhood, the President’s DNA initiative, the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and Helping America’s Youth.

Since 2001, Ms. Schofield has worked to ensure the safety, security, health and welfare of the American people. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, she served with the Department of Health and Human Services.