Criminal justice world divided on risk-assessment tools

How computers are predicting crime – and potentially impacting your future

For about eight years, Philadelphia’s probation and parole department has used a computer algorithm to rate the riskiness of nearly every offender it oversees. But officials there won’t say what factors the tool weighs, raising questions about transparency. The city plans to create a similar risk assessment tool for use in bail decisions.

This week: Digital solutions, new podcast and important reporting

This week:

• PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day
• Lancaster knows how to keep people out of jail, but it’s expensive
• Power-Up Reentry: Call for Ideas
• Halfway Back introduces Howard Butler
• How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: September 15, 2017

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Consensus brewing to end cash bail in Philadelphia

How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way

Democratic candidate for district attorney Larry Krasner has a plan to get rid of cash bail. He’s not the only game in town. Josh Glenn was just 16 when he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, charged as an adult and thrown in a Philadelphia jail cell.

ACLU pushing “smart justice values” on election day in Philadelphia

Ex-offenders get out the vote for Philly DA race

“One more day.” Just hours before the polls opened Tuesday, Nick Pressley gave out his marching orders to a group of canvassers wearing blue T-shirts. The group was gathered on the 15th floor of a Center City office building, just one block from the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.

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Crowdfunding effort aims to bring women home, inform public on effects of cash bail

Why Philly groups are celebrating Mother’s Day by bailing out black moms

When Romeeka Williams was charged with driving under the influence about a year and a half ago, the steep bail — $50,000 – was far beyond her means. So, the North Philadelphia mother of two spent three weeks in jail, and her children, ages 1 and 3 at the time, were left with her grandmother.