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Mon, Sept 11, 2017, noon:
Welcoming of Postdoctoral Fellows: Angela Bruns, Karra Greenberg, Sarah Seelye and Emily Treleaven

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.

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