Lars Trautman is a senior fellow of criminal justice and civil liberties policy at the R Street Institute, where his research focuses primarily on reforms to the front end of the criminal justice system and procedural reforms. He also works on privacy policy, particularly the intersection of technology and civil liberties.

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 analyst 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.


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