Data science helping to create a better justice system
How data science and in particular statistical modelling can be used to inform a more effective criminal justice system.
This is a public lecture sponsored through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). The presentation will be pitched at a smart but non-technical audience, aiming to provide an overview of how data science and in particular statistical modelling can be used to inform a more effective criminal justice system. Dr Suzanne Poynton, Acting Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, will open the session with some introductory remarks to set the context. Dr Joanna Wang, who is a Research Statistician at the Bureau, will go into a more detailed description of how statistical modelling is used to help extract actionable insight from the Bureau's extensive database on criminal offenders in NSW. She will go into some depth on one recent specific project that compares the recidivism rates of offenders who received an intensive correction order with those sentenced to short prison sentence.
There will be a reception from 5.30 - 6.30pm, preceding the talk which will go from 6.30 - 7.30pm.
For more information, please visit the ACEMS website.
About the speakers
Dr Joanna Wang is a research statistician at BOCSAR. After finishing her PhD in Statistics at Sydney University, Joanna did a postdoctoral fellowship at UTS and the Sax Institute. She has also worked as lecturer in Statistics at UNSW. Her research interests include time series modelling in observational studies, econometric models for survey data and statistical methods for evaluating policy programs.
Dr Suzanne Poynton is the Acting Director and Research Manager at BOSCAR and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law. She has completed a Masters (Forensic) Psychology and a PhD in Social Science and Policy. Suzanne has more than 50 publications on a wide range of crime and criminal justice issues. She is interested in the use of quantitative methodologies to evaluate policy and program delivery.