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Public Engagement & Media Coverage

Public Impact

My 2018 co-authored Unequal Treatment report examining racial-ethnic inequalities in Miami’s criminal justice system earned me the Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, garnered considerable media attention, and spawned racial justice reforms by Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit. To broaden the project’s impact, we created a website hosting infographics and Spanish language summaries along with the full report (

My research has been featured prominently in national policy discussions concerning capital punishment. For example, in 2012, Federal Judge Arthur Alarcón cited my research on Los Angeles County’s death-penalty costs entitled “Prosecutorial Discretion, Hidden Costs, and the Death Penalty” in his highly publicized co-authored article on capital punishment. After reviewing our research, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office incorporated the findings into the California Voter Guide on Proposition 34 (Death Penalty Initiative Statute). This article was also cited in the Arizona Supreme Court case Bush v. Arizona (139 S. Ct. 1546, 2019).

National Media

ACLU Report Coverage

Other Media Coverage

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