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Iowa county pilots pretrial tool for jail release

from The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report

Judges in central Iowa are using a new pretrial risk assessment tool that may reduce bias and inequality when releasing individuals or setting bonds after an arrest. Polk County officials began using the new assessment system to try decreasing the number of individuals awaiting trial in jail, the Des Moines Register reported. The tool scores each person based on factors that help determine whether they're likely to commit another crime or appear at their court date. more

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