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Digital Punishment: Privacy, Stigma, and the Harms of Data-Driven Criminal Justice

Sarah Esther Lageson


Data-driven criminal justice operations creates millions of criminal records each year in the United States. Documenting everything from a police stop to a prison sentence, these records take on a digital life of their own as they are collected and posted by police, courts, and prisons; reposted on social media, online news, and mugshot galleries; and bought and sold by data brokers as an increasingly valuable data commodity. The result is “digital punishment,” where mere suspicion or a brush with the law can have lasting consequences. This analysis describes the transformation of criminal rec ... More

Keywords: big data, technology, internet, stigma, criminal records, accusation, punishment, discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Esther Lageson, author
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University--Newark