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CSLS Speaker Series – “Criminal Records as Personal Data: Stigma, Surveillance, and Digital Punishment in the Data Brokerage Industry”

Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Cosponsor: Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

 

Monday, February 7, 2022

 

SARAH E. LAGESON
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

 

“Criminal Records as Personal Data:
Stigma, Surveillance, and Digital Punishment in the Data Brokerage Industry”

 

The proliferation of data-driven criminal legal system operations has created millions of criminal records each year in the United States. Governed by permissive transparency laws, these data have become a valuable source to data brokers, but we know little about the accuracy or consequences of these practices. This empirical study analyzes the integrity of criminal record data as it is collected and aggregated by local criminal justice agencies, then released as a valuable data commodity. Study design is mixed methods, consisting of quantitative analyses of approximately 2,400 criminal history events on official New Jersey state rap sheets for 104 participants, which are then tracked across digital platforms: public electronic court dockets, mugshot websites, people search websites, and data brokerage databases. Quantitative data are contextualized by qualitative interviews with all 104 participants. Findings show that data quality issues that originate in state data systems increase across private data platforms, illustrates reliability issues for research that relies on “official” criminal record data, and raises questions about due process and informational privacy harms for people who have a criminal record.

 

PLACE          Zoom and In-Person. Zoom registration link on our website.

     In-Person: Room 244, Berkeley Law | Masks required.

TIME            12:45 – 2:00pm.

INFO           https://www.csls.berkeley.edu

 

PAMELA ERICKSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | CATHERINE ALBISTON, FACULTY DIRECTOR

Details

Date:
Monday, February 7, 2022
Time:
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
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Will participants be asked to keep cameras on?
No
Will there be breakout rooms?
No
Will the public chat be on or off?
Off

Organizer

Center for the Study of Law and Society
Email:
csls@law.berkeley.edu
Website:
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/center-for-the-study-of-law-society/

Venue

244 Law Building

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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