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Justice-in-Algorithms

Meeting Time

Mondays, 6:20-7:10 PM

Project Description

The Justice-In-Algorithms team is addressing the issue of racial injustice through the
investigation of the software program that selects applicants for jury duty. The Office of Public
Defense Services has noticed that juries in Maricopa County tend to lack racial representation.
By creating statistical models that compare demographic and court data, the issue at hand can
be quantified. Moving forward, the team will develop a more robust program that would be able
to replicate the functionality of the currently established software. An analysis of this program
would assist in pinpointing the source of the racial discrepancy displayed in juries.