Race, dialect, and the courtroom
A new study finds that Philadelphia court stenographers often make errors when transcribing the testimony of African Americans.Listen 49:00
Guests: Taylor Jones, Cassie Owens, Kami Chavis
Philadelphia court reporters often make errors when transcribing the testimony of African Americans, according to a new study. While stenographers are supposed to be 95% accurate in their transcriptions of what an individual says, new research looking at Philadelphia courtrooms found a large percentage of mistakes when it came to what African Americans said while they were on the stand. This hour we’ll talk about the serious implications this study raises about fairness and racial bias in the criminal justice system with one of the study’s authors, University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate linguist TAYLOR JONES, and with Philadelphia Inquirer reporter CASSIE OWENS, and KAMI CHAVIS, professor of law and director of the criminal justice program at Wake Forest University School of Law.
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