There once was judge in Milwaukee

From the Wall Street Journal:

Algorithms used by authorities to predict the likelihood of criminal conduct are facing a major legal test in Wisconsin.

The state’s highest court is set to rule on whether such algorithms, known as risk assessments, violate due process and discriminate against men when judges rely on them in sentencing. The ruling, which could come any time, would be among the first to speak to the legality of risk assessments as an aid in meting out punishments.

Criminal justice experts skeptical of such tools say they are inherently biased, treating poor people as riskier than those who are well off. Proponents of risk assessments say they have elevated sentencing to something closer to a science.

There once was a judge in Milwaukee

who found sentencing rather balky.

Computer programs

took care of his jams,

and gave him more time to play hockey.

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