Prisons Turn to Computer Programs for Parole Decisions

As states continue to cut costs at correctional facilities, prison parole boards are turning to computer algorithms to help determine whether or not an inmate should be released. At least 15 states now require parole board judges to use some type of risk assessment method to aid in the decision, according to The Wall Street Journal. The tool mostly comes in the form of software and considers 50 to 100 different factors about a person before stating the likeliness that they would return to prison during a parole period.

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