Jessica Eaglin

Jessica M. Eaglin (@jessicaeaglin) is a Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law, evidence, sentencing law, and race and technology. She writes about criminal legal reforms adopted in response to the economic and social pressures of mass incarceration to illuminate how they will impact underlying sociopolitical transformations in criminal administration and society. Her recent work focuses on the proliferation of technical reforms, in particular actuarial risk assessment tools at sentencing, and the obscured perils they present for historically marginalized groups, the courts, and society more broadly.

Prior to joining the Maurer Law faculty, Professor Eaglin was Counsel in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she assisted in a national campaign aimed at addressing mass incarceration in the United States. She clerked with the Honorable Damon J. Keith for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and began her law career as a Litigation Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in New York City. Professor Eaglin graduated from Spelman College. She earned her J.D. and M.A. in Literature from Duke University.

Selected Publications

  1. Eaglin, J. (2021). When critical race theory enters the law & technology frame. Michigan Journal of Race & Law.
  2. Eaglin, J. (2021). Population-based sentencing. Cornell Law Review, 106(353).
  3. Eaglin, J. M. (2019). Technologically distorted conceptions of punishment. Washington University Law Review, 97, 483-543.
  4. Eaglin, J. M. (2017). Constructing recidivism risk. Emory Law Journal, 67, 59-122.