A research team from the Center for Justice, Law, and Societies won the inaugural UMass Public Interest Technology (PIT) Fellowship for their project, "What Counts Count? How Information about Racial Disparities Informs the Public’s Evaluations of District Attorneys." PI Kelsey Shoub (School of Public Policy), along with collaborators Jamie Rowen (Legal Studies and Political Science), Youngmin Yi (Sociology), and Cindy Xiong (CICS) will use the award for a series of survey experiments to examine whether and how the visual presentation of racial disparity data and selection of information to be presented affects trust in DAs, evaluations of the office, and confidence in making decisions about whom to charge and prosecute. The results of these studies will inform the Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA), our local district attorney that we have partnered with for this broader project, plans to develop a public-facing data dashboard.
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