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There are 2 comments on Algorithms Were Supposed to Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice—Do They?

  1. This is such important work, especially at this time. Thank you for doing it. I am curious to know what types of questions you would ask the incarcerated, paroled, those on probation, and others in marginalized groups, to improve the algorithms. Can you elaborate on that at all?

    1. Convincing them to even answer is the real challenge … you can ask all you want but I these individuals do not trust authority to begin with… but if they were to answer it might make sense to start with how many times the same individuals have been convicted… that could skew algorithms if they are allowing the same individuals into the pot multiple times

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