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Poor people are trapped behind bars. How Utah is using an algorithm to get some of them out

from Deseret News

On an early May morning in 2010, 16-year-old Kalief Browder, who lived with his family in the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested for stealing a backpack. "I didn't rob anybody," Browder told the arresting officer. "You can check my pockets." But the next day, he was led into a courtroom, where he learned he had been charged with robbery, grand larceny and assault. A judge set his bail at $3,000, an amount well beyond his family's resources. more

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