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Concerns Over Bail Model Reflect Misinformation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governor has said he may invite counties to rework their bail systems and try out a data-based risk assessment tool.
    
Gov. Martin O'Malley said this would involve an executive order. It would solve the problem of compliance with a Court of Appeals ruling requiring legal representation at all bail hearings. Legislators failed to agree on a solution during this year's session.
    
Lawmakers have sometimes argued the tool would turn critical decisions over to machines and could advance racial injustice by accounting for prior arrests. But a review of similar tools used in other states suggests these concerns are based on misconceptions.
    
A version Maryland may implement is simply a mathematical formula, developed through scientific research but not necessarily dependent on computers. It accounts for prior convictions but not arrests.

 

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