Danger Ahead: Risk Assessment and the Future of Bail Reform

  title={Danger Ahead: Risk Assessment and the Future of Bail Reform},
  author={John Logan Koepke and David G. Robinson},
  journal={LSN: Procedure (Other Procedural Issues},
In the last five years, legislators in all fifty states have made changes to their pretrial justice systems. Reform efforts aim to shrink jails by incarcerating fewer people— particularly poor, low-risk defendants and racial minorities. Many jurisdictions are embracing pretrial risk assessment instruments—statistical tools that use historical data to forecast which defendants can safely be released—as a centerpiece of reform. Now, many are questioning the extent to which pretrial risk… Expand
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