A Code of Silence on Criminal Justice Software

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Proprietary algorithms are flooding the criminal justice system. Machine learning systems deploy police officers to “hot spot” neighborhoods. Crime labs use probabilistic software programs to analyze forensic evidence. Judges rely on automated “risk assessment instruments” to decide who should make bail, or even what sentence to impose, the Washington Monthly reports. Supporters say these tools help correct bias in human decisionmaking and can reduce incarceration without risking public . . .

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