As the conversation continues on Idaho’s handling of the pretrial release of criminal defendants and the role of algorithm based pretrial risk assessment tools, so do the usual misguided arguments. Enter former Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney. Former Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney Sheriff Raney thinks “black box” risk assessment
El Paso County Giving Accused Criminals 90%-100% Bail Discounts, Costing Taxpayers Millions, and Reducing Criminal Accountability El Paso County is all-in on bail reform, but it’s not what you might think. Is El Paso trying to identify cases where poor or destitute defendants who shouldn’t be in jail but should
Excerpt from KTVB News, Feb 14, 2019 Bipartisan bill seeks to prevent racial bias in criminal risk-assessment Two Treasure Valley lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle are teaming up on a bill they say will keep defendants from being unfairly labeled by a computer algorithm as likely future criminals.
LAWSUIT ASSERTS HARRIS COUNTY JUDGES CIRCUMVENTED DEFENDANTS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BAIL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lakewood, CO (February 14, 2019) – A lawsuit involving the on-going fight between bail reform and the legal right to bail was filed today (February 14) in the State District Court in Harris County, Texas. The case
Justice-by-algorithm is all the rage across the United States — and it is soon to sweep into Colorado. That is, unless judges, lawyers, state legislators and the public get wise to the reality behind this so-called better system of criminal justice. Using big data, fancy math and computers, the premise
As bail reformers continue to their push to implement group-data based criminal justice algorithms to decide bail and conditions of release, the push back against them continues to gain momentum. This time, in conservative Idaho, a group of bipartisan legislators have introduced legislation to end “black-box” algorithms and require that
Excerpt from Spectrum News NY1 – Feb 12, 2019 Lawmakers Fail to Pass Criminal Justice Reform Democratic state lawmakers quickly got down to business last month when their legislative session started, passing a series of major laws and breaking a logjam that typically plagues the State Capitol. But the pace
Excerpt from the Idaho Post Register, Feb 7, 2019 New bill would ban racist algorithms from setting bail BOISE — A bill to ban the use of pretrial risk assessment algorithms that weigh factors such as race was introduced Thursday into the Legislature. Algorithms are used by judges in some places,