Anne Milgram’s work centers on reforming the criminal justice system through smart data, analytics, and technology. She is currently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, where she is building a criminal justice innovation lab, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system. She also teaches seminars on criminal justice policy and human trafficking.
From 2011-2015, as head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Milgram led the creation, development and national implementation of the Public Safety Assessment, a national pretrial risk assessment tool. The tool, in use across the United States, assists judges, police, and prosecutors in determining which criminal defendants pose a risk to public safety and should be detained prior to trial and which can be safely released.
From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey’s Attorney General, where she led the 9,000-person Department of Law & Public Safety. Milgram was New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer. In that capacity, she directed the State Division of Criminal Justice and had oversight responsibility for state and county prosecutors and more than 30,000 local law enforcement officers statewide. Milgram also oversaw, and significantly reformed, the Camden Police Department.
Milgram began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She then served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice, where she was the Special Litigation Counsel for the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. Milgram was awarded the US Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service and the US Department of Justice Director’s Award for her work.
After graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University, Milgram received a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from New York University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson in Federal District Court in Trenton, New Jersey.