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Who stays in jail before trial? Who goes free? Sometimes, an algorithm helps decide

from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eddie Armstrong had been sitting in the Dane County (Wisconsin) Jail for nearly two weeks when a judge set him free to await trial. His release was based in part on computer-generated scores that rated Armstrong's likelihood to return to court as fair and predicted he had a good chance of not committing a new crime. After 11 days in jail, Armstrong finally got his bail hearing on May 25. more


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