The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Corresponding Data Boon: Issues With Pandemic-Related Data From Criminal Justice Organizations

Danielle Wallace, Jason Walker, Jake Nelson, Sherry Towers, John Eason, Tony H. Grubesic

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Abstract

Public organizations, including institutions in the U.S. criminal justice (CJ) system, have been rapidly releasing information pertaining to COVID-19. Even CJ institutions typically reticent to share information, like private prisons, have released vital COVID-19 information. The boon of available pandemic-related data, however, is not without problems. Unclear conceptualizations, stakeholders’ influence on data collection and release, and a lack of experience creating public dashboards on health data are just a few of the issues plaguing CJ institutions surrounding releasing COVID-19 data. In this article, we detail issues that institutions in each arm of the CJ system face when releasing pandemic-related data. We conclude with a set of recommendations for researchers seeking to use the abundance of publicly available data on the effects of the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • criminal justice systems
  • data
  • pandemic
  • pandemic-related data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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