The High Tech Law Institute and The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education present “Predicting Justice: Optimizing Data in the Criminal Justice System.
Predicting Justice addresses the timely issue of how technology and data are being used in our criminal justice system.
The four discussion panels for this symposium are:
- What counts as data? Panelists will examine the use of actuarial tools in the criminal justice system and the way data shapes outcomes and effectiveness. Central to this concern is the kind of data being collected, the methods used to compile the sets, the effect of bias within the data and the system, and the impact on communities an individuals.
- Whose data and from what sources? Panelists will discuss the sources used to compile data sets with a particular focus on which populations are being recorded and assessed. How are tools and data applied to the public within the criminal justice system and to the criminal justice system itself? What oversight is needed in the collection and use of data by public and private entities?
- What are we optimizing for? Panelists will discuss the ultimate goals of the system – whether data and actuarial tools are meant to make the system function more efficiently, fairly, and effectively and how we define those terms.
- The Ethics of the case v. population-level decisions. Panelists will examine the core tension of actuarial tools and population-level data sets – the relationship of the individual to that larger data set. The panel will explore the impact of treating an individual as equivalent to the outcomes of an algorithm’s assessment based on data sets that may or may not have a strong correlation to that individual and their future behavior.