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Bail Decisions Guided by Algorithms and A.I.

By February 1, 2018 No Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on how artificial intelligence and computer algorithms are being adopted in criminal courtrooms around the U.S. In an increasing number of courts, “judges are now guided by computer algorithms before ruling whether criminal defendants can return to everyday life, or remain locked up awaiting trial” — that is, in making decisions about bail. Proponents of this kind of technology “are quick to note that the people in robes are still in charge.” Critics, on the other hand, “worry the algorithms will make judging more automatic and rote over time — and that, instead of eliminating bias, could perpetuate it under the mask of data-driven objectivity.”