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CANCELLED 12:00pm - Speaker Series: Sarah Lageson, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  • When: April 29, 2020, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 60611

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Digital Punishment: Privacy, Stigma, and the Consequences of Data-Driven Criminal Justice

The proliferation of data-driven criminal justice operations has created millions of criminal records each year in the United States. Documenting everything from a police stop to a prison sentence, these records take on a digital life of their own as they are collected by law enforcement and courts, posted on government websites, re-posted on social media, online news and mugshot galleries, and bought and sold by data brokers. The result is “digital punishment,” where mere suspicion or a brush with the law can have lasting consequences. This presentation will discuss several empirical, mixed methods studies of digital criminal records, with a focus on criminal record accuracy, disclosure, and public policy solutions.

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Sarah Lageson received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Her current research examines the growth of online crime data, mugshots, and criminal records that create new forms of “digital punishment.”  Sarah is a grant recipient of the National Institutes of Justice New Investigator Early Career Award for her study of criminal records. Her work has appeared in Criminology, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Punishment & Society, The British Journal of Sociology, Contexts, and numerous edited volumes. A former Americorps VISTA volunteer and Research Coordinator for the Council on Crime and Justice in Minneapolis, Sarah is interested in mixed methods research and producing scholarship accessible to policy and broader public debate.

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