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We are growing and changing. Isn’t that the point of ‘corrections’?
Why then, are we engaging algorithms and risk assessments to lock people into the past, and not just their past, but a made-up past based on hundreds or thousands of people that are not like the individual receiving the ‘assessment’?
Have you heard about the PATTERN Risk Assessment?
Or the COMPAS Risk Assessment?
Take a look at the survey that can determine a person’s risk of recidivism.
Take the test yourself and see what you think about the questions…and your responses!
No Risk Assessment sees into the future of a person.
Risk Assessments are based on the past.
On an unrelated group of people (not any individual) who do not have direct relatable experience to the person undergoing the ‘risk assessment’.
This is a management tool that fails to look at humans.
It could, possibly, predict risk in a bridge or a machine…but we’ve seen plenty of ‘evidence’ where the bridges have failed and the risks were not recognized.
Below you can see the overview of the intentions of the First Step Act.