L.A. County computer screening could reduce inmate population

From the article: “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is turning to a new computer software intended to help officials determine which inmates seem least likely to commit new crimes in an effort to reduce the jail population.  Dubbed COMPAS—an acronym for Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions —the screening program uses proprietary software developed by Northpointe Inc., a Colorado-based criminal justice and research consultant. The sheriff’s department has signed an initial $75,000 contract to use the program.”

I am not sure I understand this article.  Is this not just a standard risk assessment system, in computerized form?  Did they not utilize risk assessment prior to this software?

Read the article here.

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