Algorithms and Criminal Justice

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide a summary and general overview only. It is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. You should seek legal advice from a barrister or solicitor working in the area of criminal law before acting or relying on any of its content. I read a fascinating article a few days back on the ABC (USA) website about the use of algorithms in USA courtrooms. The article spoke of a defendant appearing in a bails court for a possession of prohibited drug (cocaine). Apparently the presiding judge had regard to a computer algorithm in determining whether bail should be granted. The algorithm is capable of scanning and sorting through large sets of

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