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Posted January 22. 2018 3:53PM

Dartmouth scientist finds sentencing software used by federal courts is no better than an untrained human

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Federal Corrections Institution in Berlin is one Uncle Sam's newest facilities for jailing citizens, with a capacity of 1,152 medium-security inmates and 128 minimum-security inmates. 

Dartmouth College researchers looked at the accuracy of the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (Compas) software system used in US courts. Dr Hany Farid, a co-author of the paper and professor of computer science at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said: ‘The cost of being wrong is very high and at this point there‘s a serious question over whether it should have any part in these decisions.‘