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NCJ Number: 250507 Find in a Library
Title: Future-Proofing Justice - Building a Research Agenda to Address the Effects of Technological Change on the Protection of Constitutional Rights
Author(s): Brian A. Jackson; Duren Banks; Dulani Woods; Justin C. Dawson
Corporate Author: RAND
United States of America
Date Published: January 2017
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
Grant Number: 2013-MU-CX-K003
Publication Number: RR-1748-NIJ
Document: HTML (Summary)|PDF (Full Report)|PDF (Appendix)
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines research that addresses concerns, or takes advantage of opportunities, related to emerging technologies and the protection of individuals' constitutional rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: New technologies have changed the types of data that are routinely collected about citizens on a daily basis, and as technology evolves, new portable and connected devices have the potential to gather even more information. Such data have great potential utility in criminal justice proceedings, and they are already being used in case preparations, plea negotiations, and trials. However, the expansion of technological capability also has the potential to stress approaches for ensuring that individuals' constitutional rights are protected through legal processes. In an effort to consider those implications, the authors convened a panel of criminal justice practitioners, legal scholars, and individuals from the civil liberties community to identify research and other needs to prepare the U.S. legal system both for technologies seen today and for technologies likely seen in the future. The panel explored a wide range of potential issues regarding these technologies, from evidentiary and procedural concerns to questions about the technologies' accuracy and efficient use. Via a Delphi-based prioritization of the results, the panel crafted a research agenda — including best practice and training development, evaluation, and fundamental research efforts — to provide the criminal justice community with the knowledge and capabilities needed to address these important and complex technological questions going forward.
Main Term(s): Information Systems and Technology
Index Term(s): Civil rights; Computer privacy and security; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Courts; Legal privacy protection; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Privacy and security; Right of privacy; Science and Technology
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