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Bail-setting tool flawed, often ignored in New Orleans, watchdog group finds

from WWL via Metropolitan Crime Commission

About one-third of suspects booked with violent felony crimes in New Orleans are deemed low-risk to re-offend or miss court in a risk assessment survey used by the court to determine bail, but those assessments are often ignored by the magistrates setting bail, according to a report issued by a watchdog group. The report by the Metropolitan Crime Commission studied nine months of bail settings and found that 38 percent of rape suspects and 29 percent of murder suspects were given risk scores of 1 on a 1-to-5 scale. more

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