Home > Events & News > Brown Bag Schedule . Archive

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Starr's findings account for some of the 19% black-white gap in federal sentencing

Frey says suburbs are aging, cities draw millennials

Pfeffer comments on Fed report that reveals 20-year decline in net worth among American families

More News


U-M's campus climate survey results discussed in CHE story

U-M honors James Jackson's groundbreaking work on how race impacts the health of black Americans

U-M is the only public and non-coastal university on Forbes' top-10 list for billionaire production

ASA President Bonilla-Silva takes exception with Chief Justice Roberts' 'gobbledygook' jab

More Highlights

Next Brown Bag

Mon, Jan 22, 2018, noon: Narayan Sastry

Sonja B. Starr

Starr says surveys intended to predict recidivism assign higher risk to poor

a PSC In The News reference, 2015

"States Predict Inmates' Future Crimes With Secretive Surveys" - ABC News. 02/24/2015.

Sonja Starr says surveys used in many states to estimate criminals' risk of recidivism - consulted for parole, probation, and even sentencing decisions - assign higher risk to those in poverty. “[The questions] are about the defendant’s family, the defendant’s demographics, about socioeconomic factors the defendant presumably would change if he could: employment, stability, poverty. It’s basically an explicit embrace of the state saying we should sentence people differently based on poverty.”


Sonja B. Starr

More Media Coverage:

Miami Herald. 5 things to know about state efforts to predict future crime. 2/24/2015.

New York Daily News. States use secret surveys to predict inmates' future crimes; experts skeptical of effectiveness. 2/24/2015.

Time. States Use Secret Psychological Tests to Predict Future Crimes. 2/24/2015.

View News Archive