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Join Us For Justice Talk: A New Conversation Series With The Marshall Project and Digg

Our first discussion will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, on how the police predict crime.

Update 10:40 A.M. 02.23.2016

We're going live at 11 AM ET. Join the discussion over at Digg.

Here are the guests for today:

11 AM: Kade Crockford, civil liberties advocate at ACLU of Massachusetts

12 PM: Mark Hansen, PhD statistician who crunched the numbers in Policing The Future

1 PM: Jeremy Heffner, product manager for HunchLab

2 PM: Maurice Chammah, staff writer at The Marshall Project who recently did a big story on how St. Louis police are using predictive analytics. He'll be joined by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, a law professor with a specialty in criminal law.

3 PM: Sergeant Colby Dolly of the St. Louis County police department

Original Story

A central part of our mission at The Marshall Project is to generate conversation about criminal justice reform and to foster interest among new readers. One of the best ways to do that (in addition to our journalism) is to connect people directly with our reporters and other experts in crime and punishment.

That’s why we’re excited to let you know about Justice Talk, our new monthly online discussion series in partnership with Digg Dialog. Our guests will include a range of experts — scholars, advocates, reporters, subjects of our stories, people who live and work in the system. We’ll explore everything from predictive policing to solitary confinement to addiction and more. You’ll be able to ask questions and engage with our guests and others online. Each discussion will be on the last Wednesday of the month.

We’re kicking off on Feb. 24 with a day-long discussion about the technology police use to try to predict crime. As the software has become more common, civil rights advocates have raised concerns that it leads to additional policing of black neighborhoods. The lack of transparency around the data has also raised concerns among civilians. We’ve compiled a reading guide to help you brush up on the issue before the chat.

Although we’ve planned topics for the first couple of months, we also want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below to let us know what criminal justice issue you would most like to discuss. We’ll hold a round of voting on the most popular topics, and the winner will get a slot in our series.

Form submissions are now closed.