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Can Jury Instructions Have an Impact on Trial Outcomes

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $489,085)

The proposed study will examine how mock juries assess testimony and evidence in a drug conspiracy trial. To fully understand how such juror instructions shape decision-making, the proposed research will administer scientifically-based instructions to randomly assigned jury groups in a courtroom setting. This research will inform policy regarding the use of informants and promote effective strategies to enhance the credibility of witnesses and contribute to the overall fairness in the criminal justice process.

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2CFR 200.21(A((14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2017