This week’s visualization: Deaths in Police Custody, California, 1981 to 2015

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So I made this in R and prettied it up a bit in Illustrator, which of course changed its interface again to do a bunch of things that just make it confusing as all hell to output graphics. So this is a screen shot instead of a jpeg. Why? Because for reasons beyond me, Illustrator has either moved or eliminated its save for the web options. Argh.

There are some things here that I think attest to latent variable influences of mental health and race, but I will let people interpret what they see. It’s associations of categorical data–and the categories have some problems. I am frankly ashamed of the number of groups I had to put under “Asian and Pacific Islander” as the data keep track by ethnicity. So there is a lot of diversity hidden in that category–I may go back and explode that category into its own graphic. But…for Latino…there is an equal amount of ethnic diversity, too, I am sure, but in the database itself, it’s all “Hispanic.”

In any case, this will give my class something to discuss today.

This week’s visualization: policy chronology and mass incarceration in the US

I’m not 100 percent convinced I have the right events stuck to the timeline, but my justice class has been interested in mass incarceration, and I’ve been scrambling to try to understand it myself. Suggestions are welcome here. I just threw this together with Keynote.

It’s the deadline to submit an abstract for ACSP! I got nothing, folks I just don’t know what I should be presenting on.