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Alaska courts are now using a computer algorithm in bail decisions

from Anchorage Daily News

In hopes of keeping fewer low-risk, impoverished people in jail before a trial, Alaska began using a computer algorithm last week to help courts set bail. The new program, developed by a Boston-based institute, is designed to link bail to a defendant's risk of skipping a court date or being arrested for a new crime, instead of their ability to come up with the money. And for the first time, the state has also hired dozens of officers to supervise defendants who are released before trial. more


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