This week, SIIA published an issue brief assessing the use of data analytics in the criminal justice system. Not surprisingly, data analytics has helped to reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system, particularly through its application in predictive policing and criminal risk assessment. The report also explores critical questions and concerns raised about the effectiveness and unintended outcomes of the various tools in use today.
This report is timely, as it coincides with a critical decision handed down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court about the use of evidence-based risk assessment tools at sentencing. The Court supported the use of predictive tools, such as the COMPAS tool at the center of the trial, but it ruled that “risk scores may not be considered as the determinative factor in deciding whether the offender can be supervised safely and effectively in the community.” [emphasis added]
Essentially, the court’s decision confirme ...