The Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS) is a new data infrastructure project at the University of Michigan that is revolutionizing research and reporting on the criminal justice system in the United States. We have collected over 710 million raw data records from 14 states including information on arrests, criminal convictions, and correctional populations. A cleaned, harmonized, and linked version of this data forms the basis of a confidential dataset at the U.S. Census Bureau that can be linked with extensive social and economic data at the individual level and accessed through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) network.
Although exciting, there are financial and regulatory barriers to accessing data held in the RDC network. As such, we are looking to develop a synthetic data product that can be published in the public domain without compromising the confidentiality and security of the records that we have collected.
We are looking to hire a full or part-time data scientist, a Ph.D. student, or other researcher with a relevant background in the area of synthetic data production starting as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to Jordan Papp, CJARS project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.