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Police Arrests and Criminal Records: Prosecutors’ Heuristics vs Data

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Grant Recipient: University of Virginia

Principal Investigator(s): Emma Harrington, Hannah Shaffer

Term: 2025

Funding: $98,800

Summary: This project will compare data-driven information with prosecutors’ heuristics about the reliability of individual police officers and the relevance of specific criminal records. 

Additionally, our project will analyze existing efforts to provide prosecutors with information about police officers with known histories of misconduct (who are placed on Do Not Call” lists). Together, this project will identify the potential gains from aligning prosecutors’ decisions with data-driven evaluations of police-officer reliability and criminal-record informativeness. 

These efforts will also lay the groundwork for an experimental intervention to provide prosecutors with these data-driven insights.