Brian J. Ostrom, Ph.D., is a Principal Court Research Consultant with the
In recent years, Dr. Ostrom has served as the principal investigator for large-scale judicial system workload studies in the states of Michigan (1997-98), Florida (1999-2000), California (2000-03), Minnesota (2002-03), New Hampshire (2004-05), and Wisconsin (2005-06) as well as the Maryland public defender system (2003-05). He is currently working on resource assessment projects in
In addition, he is assisting several state court systems with efforts to improve court organizational effectiveness through careful assessment of court management culture and court performance. He led the development of the Court Culture Assessment Instrument and the CourTools performance measurement system.
Additional project work in the area of felony sentencing focuses on the use of alternative sanctions at the time of sentencing; an evaluation of a risk assessment instrument for the diversion of non-violent offenders in Virginia; and appropriate means for Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing.
Dr. Ostrom also brings extensive knowledge of state court operations through having served as the director of the Court Statistics Project from 1994 to 2004.
Prior to joining the