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Policing Criminal Justice Data

There is a strong need for oversight and regulation of data compiled and disseminated by the myriad criminal legal systems in the U.S. due to the regular occurrence of data error causing innocent people to be wrongfully arrested or stigmatized. After presenting a history of criminal justice data collection the authors examine barriers to detecting and rectifying data errors, providing several examples of people who have been victimized by such errors and emphasizing the lack of accountability when an error is found. The authors then propose solutions, including stronger enforcement of enhancing data quality and ending data impunity from the federal government, state legislature and local court systems.

Logan, W. A., & Ferguson, A. G. (2016). Policing Criminal Justice Data. Minnesota Law Review, 101(2), 541–616.


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