Maggie Koerth-Baker

The Invisible Women of Color

In a new analysis of the imagery found in introductory criminology textbooks, men and white people were found to be heavily over-represented. Men of color are the most likely to be portrayed as criminals, while most of the victims shown are white women. And all of this has changed little over 20 years.

Putting a Price on Life

In cases of false imprisonment or wrongful death, the loss to the victim and their families encompasses a lot more than forgone wages. Many economists reject simple cost-benefit analyses and say it’s impossible to determine how much to compensate someone for the freedom and happiness they’ve lost.

The Calculus of Criminal Risk

So-called “algorithmic” risk evaluation tools are now common in the American criminal justice system, but a growing number of experts — many of whom support the use of such tools in theory — suggest that they nonetheless have flaws and biases that aren’t always well understood by the people using them.

Rethinking the Rules for Police Interrogations

A growing body of research suggests that standard police interrogation techniques can contribute to false confessions. When these tools are used on people who are prone to confessing falsely — like children or the intellectually disabled — the results can be disastrous, and the law does not protect them.