Professor Ronald Wright and Assistant Economics Professor Francis Flanagan receive National Science Foundation grant

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Professor Ron Wright is one of the nation’s best known criminal justice scholars. He is the co-author of two casebooks in criminal procedure and sentencing; his empirical research concentrates on the work of criminal prosecutors.

Professor Ronald Wright and Assistant Professor Francis Flanagan of the Wake Forest University Department of Economics have received a grant from the Law and Social Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant, which totals nearly $112,000, supports their project entitled, “Do Peremptory Challenges Increase Bias on Juries?”  The grant took effect July 15, 2016, and continues through June 30, 2018.

Professor Wright has been interviewing prosecutors across North Carolina as part of his research regarding jury selection known as the “Jury Sunshine Project.” His research will generate a database — the first of its kind — of jury selection outcomes in felony trials in all 100 counties of North Carolina.