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September 21, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A tool created to lessen racial disparities in the justice system may be doing the opposite

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– A new tool that was meant to make it easier for states to reform the bail system has advocates worried that it can also lead to racial disparities in the justice system. The tool uses an algorithm to predict if an individual is a flight risk and how likely they are to commit another crime after they are arrested. (Atlantic, 9/21)

Activists argue that the algorithms are fundamentally flawed, because the data they use to predict a person’s risk could be influenced by structural racism: The number of times someone has been convicted of a crime, for example, or their failure to appear in court could both be affected by racial bias. As a result, they say, any bias that’s baked into the data is replicated by the algorithms, but with the veneer of scientific objectivity.

“My concern [about using the tools] is that what you could have is essentially racial profiling 2.0,” said Vincent Southerland, the executive director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at the New York University Law School… “We’re forecasting what some individuals may do based on what groups they’re associated with have done in the past.”

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