Prediction and Punishment: Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Carceral AI

February 9, 2024 - February 10, 2024
The Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

1008 Cathedral of Learning -10th floor
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh 15213
United States

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  • Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ronald Brand (Nordenberg Chair Funds)
  • Gayle Rogers Mellon Professor and Chair, Department of English
  • Pitt Cyber


Claremont McKenna College
Shakeer Rahman
Stanford University


University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh

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This cross-disciplinary workshop will provide an interactive meeting point for researchers to address the expanding use of AI in criminal legal contexts. We use the term ‘carceral AI’ to refer to a broad class of algorithmic and data-driven practices implicated in the control and incarceration of people. Examples include predictive policing, facial recognition, recidivism risk assessment instruments, automatic license plate readers, border surveillance systems, biometric databases, electronic monitoring, and audio gunshot locators. Such technologies are often introduced as ‘smart’, ‘evidence-based’, or ‘data-driven’ reforms that claim to reduce bias and increase efficiency, such as ‘evidence-based’ sentencing and ‘smart’ borders. In practice, however, AI systems can interact in complicated ways with existing social and legal structures, reinforce or mask existing structural injustices, and expand the reach of carceral systems under the guise of scientific rigor. Participants in this workshop are invited to explore how such technologies both inform and interact with topics including incarceration, policing, migration, privatization, surveillance, racial and gender justice, and resistance. We welcome contributions from civil society organizations and academic researchers from disciplines including but not limited to philosophy, law, and the social sciences.Participants will be invited to contribute to a special report on carceral AI.

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February 1, 2024, 9:00am EST

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