Dr. Meredith L. Patten is the Executive Director of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice. She has worked in the criminal justice and security fields for over 18 years. She has conducted research and evaluations on prison-based substance abuse programs, security analyses on crime and drug issues surrounding public housing authorities throughout the United States, was a Research Consultant with the Office of Court Administration of the New York State Courts, and has consulted for a variety of international organizations including the United States’ Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Dr. Patten was a Guggenheim Graduate fellow for the First Annual Guggenheim Symposium “Changing the View of Crime in America” held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006. In addition, Dr. Patten was a Research Assistant Professor with George Mason University in Trinidad and Tobago, charged with conducting evaluations of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s transformation plan, specifically the Model Station Project. Most recently, she was with the University of Trinidad and Tobago as the Head and Associate Professor of the Institute for Criminology and Public Safety (ICPS) and as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Evidence-Based Policing out of Cambridge, U.K. Dr. Patten is currently finishing research on law enforcement use of hemostatic (clotting) bandages to save lives and drive down the homicide rate in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Patten holds her PhD in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.