We harness neuroscience, data science, and legal research to understand reoffenders and make society safer.


Using technology to bridge the gap betweenlaw & neuroscience


Improving risk prediction

77% of released prisoners are rearrested within five years. We turn to neurocognitive psychology to build tablet software that identifies the criminals most likely to reoffend.

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Making data publicly available


Enabling better research

Most criminal research is limited by its use of national datasets with no way to identify reoffenders. We solve the problem with our first-of-its-kind database with tens of millions of criminal charges spanning from 1977 to the present.

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Available records:

Harris County, TX: 1997-2011 • 3.1 million records

New York City, NY: 1997-2011 • 9.8 million records

Miami-Dade County, FL: 1971-2012 • 5.7 million records

Alabama: 1977-2013 • 6.1 million records

New Mexico: 1984-2014 • 3.9 million records

Wisconsin: 1975-2016 • 2.7 million records

Criminal justice solutions


Forecasting criminal hotspots

Using sophisticated geospatial techniques, we have developed open-sourced solutions for predicting next week’s burglaries or next month’s car thefts.

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"Our initiative in neuroscience and law brings together neuroscientists, judges, lawyers, policy makers, ethicists, computer scientists, and statisticians. We aim to determine how modern neuroscience will navigate the way we make social policy."

— David Eagleman, PhD, Director

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The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity’s ability―and drive―to create?

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Read Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain


A surprising story of the non-conscious brain and the machinery under the hood that keep the show going. By Scilaw Director, Dr. David Eagleman.

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The Brain with David Eagleman


Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity

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"You Are Your Brain": David Eagleman on Transforming Criminal Justice