Do Algorithms Make Sentencing Fairer?
Thirty-five states are using algorithms to help judges make better decisions. Are they working?
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Around the country, states are employing algorithms to help reduce prison populations and predict recidivism. This week, we hear from a Wisconsin judge with serious reservations about the algorithm used in his state. Also: a deep dive into Virginia’s risk-assessment algorithm and the surprising results of its implementation.
Nicholas McNamara, judge on the circuit court of Dane County, Wisconsin
Jennifer Doleac, associate professor of economics at Texas A&M and director of the Justice Tech Lab