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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Over the past 10 years, states have increasingly used large databases of information about criminals to identify dozens of risk factors associated with those who continue to commit crimes, like prior convictions, hostility to law enforcement and substance abuse. Those factors are then weighted and used to rank criminals as being a high, medium or low risk to offend again. Judges, corrections officials and parole officers in turn use those rankings to help determine how long a convict should spend in jail. Virtually every state has used such risk assessments to varying degrees over the past decade, and many have made them mandatory for sentencing and corrections as a way to reduce soaring prison populations, cut recidivism and save money.


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Holder makes some interesting points, but it would seem to me you could still use big data, and ameliorate the problems he is concerned about. For instance, lowering the education multiplier in the sentencing equation.


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Ask yourself if he would oppose data driven sentencing if the results didn't negatively impact African-Americans. Would he oppose it if whites were disproportionately punished?

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-31 12:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

The greater the wealth the larger the fine and longer the prison sentence.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-31 11:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm fine with this so long as it's a Judge, Jury, or parole board that ultimately makes the decision and not a damn algorithm produced inevitably at some level by the lowest bidder and bad math.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-01 12:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

.... Look No Further Than Washington!

**** When they Rank Criminals who could possibly Rank Higher than the US Govt WAR CRIMINALS including Bush,Clinton and Obama?

#4 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-08-01 01:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 Strawman alert.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-08-01 03:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"#1 Strawman alert."

I don't see a strawman there. The article is about Holder opposing the system. #1 suggested Holder was against it for racial reasons. Given that holder loves to play the race card, I think it's a fair question.

#6 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-08-01 11:19 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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