UChicago Harper Lecture: Criminal Justice Reform and Machine Learning

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of San Francisco

October 20, 2016: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Criminal Justice Reform and Machine Learning, Featuring Jens Ludwig


St. Regis
125 Third Street
San Francisco, California

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Valet parking only is available on site for $40. There are self-parking garages nearby. The hotel is located five blocks from the Montgomery Street BART Station.

Event Details

Over the past 40 years, the incarceration rate in the United States has increased dramatically—a problem that disproportionately affects the most economically disadvantaged and socially vulnerable members of society. There is a movement to reduce pretrial jail detention. However, the high rate at which people released before their trials commit crimes also more severely affects economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, where crime is often concentrated. Jens Ludwig, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, will talk about how new big data techniques from the field of machine learning, which are already widely used in the private sector, can be repurposed to help address pressing public policy problems like this.

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Speaker Profiles

Jens Ludwig (Speaker)

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago and director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. His work on crime reduction and education interventions has shaped policy in Chicago and received national news coverage in outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR.


University of Chicago Harper Lectures