Incident 154: Justice Department’s Recidivism Risk Algorithm PATTERN Allegedly Caused Persistent Disparities Along Racial Lines

Description: Department of Justice’s inmate-recidivism risk assessment tool was reported to have produced racially uneven results, misclassifying risk levels for inmates of color.
Alleged: US Department of Justice developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed inmates of color.

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Anonymous. (2022-01-26) Incident Number 154. in McGregor, S. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

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