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March 28, 2020
How Bill Barr’s COVID-19 Prisoner Release Plan Could Favor White People
Only 7 percent of black men would be deemed low-risk enough to get out using the federal prison system’s risk assessment tool, according to an analysis.
July 1, 2019
Can Racist Algorithms Be Fixed?
A new study adds to the debate over racial bias in risk assessment tools widely used in courtrooms.
August 14, 2018
A Dangerous Brain
Can neuroscience predict how likely someone is to commit another crime?
Andrew Rodriguez Calderón
October 25, 2017
Debating Risk-Assessment Tools
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Hannah Jane Sassaman
October 22, 2017
In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools
Algorithms can help the criminal justice system, but only alongside thoughtful humans.
November 12, 2015
Kentucky’s Protracted Struggle to Get Rid of Bail
‘Is there any better way than money’?
August 4, 2015
The New Science of Sentencing
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
Anna Maria Barry-Jester
July 10, 2015
Life Without Parole
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
July 10, 2015
Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Parole
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
July 9, 2015
The Sex-Offender Test
Can the Abel Assessment tell if you're a potential child-molester?