Lack of oversight, shortage of pathologists contributed to `miscarriages of justice'
Technology: High tech prediction of recidivism: Predict recidivism. Study reported by The Forensic Magazine: "COMPAS Software to Predict Recidivism No More Accurate Than Crowdsourcing."..."The final results: the COMPAS software was 65.2 percent accurate, and the crowdsourced humans were 67 percent accurate."..."Julia Dressel, one of the authors of the study, which was part of her undergraduate thesis in computer science, said their work did not justify using the software to make life-altering decisions on those accused of crimes. “Claims that secretive and seemingly sophisticated data tools are more accurate and fair than humans are simply not supported by our research findings,” said Dressel, in a school statement. COMPAS has been used to assess more than 1 million offenders in the United States since the recidivism prediction component debuted in 2000, according to the researchers. Use of the software drew some scrutiny with a 2016 investigation by ProPublica entitled “Machine Bias,” which alleged that racial disparity in prediction showed that black arrestees were over-predicted to re-offend, while white arrestees were under-predicted to re-offend."
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