July 11, 2016
Does a computer algorithm demonstrate less bias than a human judge in granting prisoners probation and parole? The Philadelphia Inquirer posed this question to readers this morning in an editorial about the use of Richard Berk's algorithm by the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department. For the full article, click here.
June 27, 2016
PLOS One published John MacDonald's paper evaluating Operation Impact on June 16th. For the full article, click here.
May 27, 2016
From the Fels Policy Research Initiative website:
May 14, 2016
May 2, 2016
The Department is honored to announce that Colleen Berryessa, a second-year doctoral candidate in Criminology, was awarded the 2016 Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship by the American Society for Criminology. The Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity is designed to encourage students of color, especially those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the field, to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice, and to facilitate the completion of their degrees.
March 17, 2016
"Social policy professor Susan B.
March 14, 2016
March 4, 2016
John MacDonald will give the Jerry Lee Lecture at this year's The Stockholm Criminology Symposium. His talk will focus on the role of science, controlled trials, and natural experiments in creating safe and healthy city spaces.
The Jerry Lee Lecture will take place on June 16.
For more information, see The Stockholm Criminology Symposium website.
February 26, 2016
February 18, 2016
Professor Richard Berk was interviewed on WHYY about his recent work with Professors Susan Sorenson and Geoffrey Barnes on the use of machine learning forecasts to help magistrates make arraignment release decisions in domestic violence cases. The analysis shows that the number of arrests for new domestic violence offenses could be cut in half.