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CJR Scholarship Workshop: "Unwarranted Warrants: An Empirical Analysis of the Search and Seizure Process"

CJR Scholarship Workshop: "Unwarranted Warrants: An Empirical Analysis of the Search and Seizure Process"

Register here: https://bit.ly/3Qh4pMq

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center presents a monthly series highlighting recent criminal justice scholarship. Speakers present and workshop timely scholarship to a small group of academics, practitioners, and stakeholders to solicit feedback and constructive critique about their ongoing work.

This month features scholarship from Professor Miguel de Figueiredo, Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

He'll be joined by his co-authors:
Prof. Dane Thorley, Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University School of Law, and Prof. Brett Hashimoto, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University College of Humanities.

Workshop Description: 

In theory, the Fourth Amendment's warrant clause checks police power to conduct. Yet, we know very little about whether the warrant requirement actually checks the state's investigatory powers. So while police conduct hundreds of thousands – possibly even millions – of searches each year, only two empirical studies investigated the process of obtaining a search warrant—and the most recent was conducted twenty years ago.

We combine previously untapped administrative data related to every search warrant application in Utah, including the text of every approved warrant. Our data set includes more than 48,000 warrants and warrant applications from 2013 to the present. our findings contradict the conventional wisdom that warrants serve as an important check on police power. Specifically, we find that (1) judges approve 98% of all warrant applications and 90% of all approved, and 90 percent are approved on the first attempt; (2) the median time for a warrant to be approved is a paltry three minutes. In light of these empirical findings, we make a number of suggestions for legal and policy reform.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3Qh4pMq

The CJR Workshop Series offers a virtual forum for academics to share criminal justice works-in-progress with an audience of academics and practitioners. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Zoom Webinar

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