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Justice by Commercial Algorithm, Not Just a Thought Experiment

Eric L. Loomis, WI Dept. of Corrections

Today’s NYTimes included a story about a Wisconsin man challenging his sentence because it was based in significant part on a proprietary computer program, an algorithm, used by the Wisconsin courts.

The story also discusses other law enforcement uses of similar algorithms, including predicting where future crimes are likely to occur and who the likely victims will be. Similar thorny issues and concerns are raised in IF’s Crime and Punishment discussion guide.Crime & Punishment cover

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