Title

Analysis of Racial Bias in Recidivism

Poster Number

5C

Lead Author Affiliation

Master of Science, Business Analytics

Lead Author Status

Masters Student

Introduction

Recidivism which is the act of a person repeating an undesirable activity after experiencing negative repercussions of that conduct. There is a lot of research conducted on this topic as the US is known to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world and a portion of that statistic is due to recidivism.

Purpose

In this study, I will gain a better understanding and explore ways to reduce this number. An aspect to target is the racial bias present. Gaining a better understanding of this bias can help contribute towards productive solution in reducing the amount of repeat offenders.

Method

Data analysis will be conducted to gain a better understanding of the bias in the dataset from Kaggle which draws data from COMPAS.

Results

After conducting this research, my results will help me understand which races are experiencing this bias and what may be causing that. In doing so, I will be able to find an effective solution that is backed by data that can help reduce this bias.

Significance

Understanding what is causing high rates of recidivism can help implement changes within the prison system. Making them more focused towards rehabilitation versus just keeping them off the streets can help reduce these rates as well as make society a better place.

Location

William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211

Format

Poster Presentation

Poster Session

Afternoon

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Analysis of Racial Bias in Recidivism

William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211

Recidivism which is the act of a person repeating an undesirable activity after experiencing negative repercussions of that conduct. There is a lot of research conducted on this topic as the US is known to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world and a portion of that statistic is due to recidivism.