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32 Million People Get Called For Jury Duty In State Courts Each Year

I’ve been working with NPR to discuss a number of the week. This time it’s 32 million — that’s the number of people who get summoned each year for jury service in U.S. state courts. But figuring out the chances of getting summoned is incredibly difficult, and it’s even harder to calculate the probability of eventually being selected to serve on a jury. Speaking with NPR’s Weekend Edition team, I explain the number of variables involved in doing the math on jury duty.

You can listen to the segment above or read the full article on the chances of serving on a jury, which was a response to a question from one of you.

Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.