Chicago Jury Project

The Chicago Jury Project was a large-scale social science research initiative in the 1950s. This entry provides a descriptive portrait of the project, followed by a brief summary of the primary studies associated with it, and then a discussion of the project's legacy and its impact on the field of psychology and law. In essence, the Chicago Jury Project was a groundbreaking scientific endeavor that employed a variety of social science methods and anticipated a host of current research streams. It remains an impressive accomplishment and can fairly be said to represent the inaugural event in the scientific study of jury decision making.


The Chicago Jury Project, also known as the American Juries Project, was conceived as an innovative effort to study the American legal system ...

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