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Can algorithms help judges make fair decisions?

In 2010, the state panel worked on an algorithm, a formula, that would allow a computer to predict how likely a person was to commit another crime and recommend when judges should get more information about a case.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

New risk-analysis approved for use by Pennsylvania judges

A state commission that creates sentencing policy for Pennsylvania’s criminal courts is approving a new risk-assessment formula to help judges determine which defendants aren’t likely to be violent reoffenders, but critics say it’s based on discriminatory data and could expand prison ranks.

By The Associated Press

Almost 10 years in, Pa. commission struggles to agree on sentencing reforms

Per a state mandate, the Sentencing Commission must create an algorithm to measure recidivism risk. Advocates say this risk assessment is inherently racist.
By Katie Meyer/WITF

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