Broadening Juror Participation
Until recently, potential jurors were summoned to court in Indiana by selecting names from voter registration lists. That selection method failed to provide a representative cross-section of the community, given the reality that so many people don't bother to vote. Among other problems, the selection process contributed to a lack of racial diversity on juries. And jury pools chosen from voter registration lists tend to skew toward older, retired jurors who have time to go to the polls.
Last month, taxpayer records, drivers' license, and state ID records were added to the lists from which potential jurors are chosen in Indiana.
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