114 civil and human rights groups, including Oakland Privacy, joined together to urge that pre-trial detention including risk assessment or predictive software and electronic shackles, be used as infrequently as possible.
Pretrial “risk assessment” instruments – although they may seem objective or neutral – threaten to further intensify unwarranted discrepancies in the justice system and to provide a misleading and undeserved imprimatur of impartiality for an institution that desperately needs fundamental change.
When such tools are used in spite of their problems, civil rights must be protected.
Recommendations to protect human rights are below.
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