America’s justice system runs on the exchange of money for freedom. Some say that’s unfair. But can data fix it?
A 2013 report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance found 38 percent of inmates in New Jersey jails were there solely because they couldn’t afford bail.
As a result, the state has launched an experiment to use Public Safety Algorithms in court decisions to hold defendants pretrial or not.
If this grand experiment works in New Jersey, it could become a model for the rest of the country.