Lars Trautman is a senior fellow of justice and national security policy at the R Street Institute, where he researches federal criminal justice reforms, over-criminalization, recidivism reduction strategies, and the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society. He also works on national security policy, including cybersecurity and privacy matters.

Lars joined R Street in January 2018 after serving as counsel for the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he provided insight on cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and oversight matters. Prior to the House, he was a research associate for the Republican National Committee.

Earlier in his career, he served as an assistant district attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts, where he prosecuted hundreds of felonies and misdemeanors.

Lars received his bachelor’s in political science from Johns Hopkins University, his master’s in international studies from the peace and conflict department of Uppsala University and a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their labrador retriever, Lily.


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