Simone Zhang, *21

Pretrial Risk Assessment Algorithms in the Courtroom

Simone studies the tools and techniques that institutional actors employ to make decisions that shape people’s access to resources, support, and justice. She is particularly interested in the social consequences of technologies that affect how people are classified and scored. Her dissertation examines how algorithmic risk assessment tools intended to help judges make decisions about bail and pretrial release shape courtroom practices. Other projects analyze classification schemes that structure access to housing vouchers; inequalities in organizational responsiveness to customer and constituent complaints on social media; and public perceptions of genetic risk scoring. Simone received a BA in Sociology from Harvard University.

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