Prediction and Punishment: Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Carceral AI
1008 Cathedral of Learning -10th floor
4200 Fifth Avenue
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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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