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ABA Criminal Justice Magazine - The Case Against Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments - PJI 2021 

05-19-2021 11:11 AM

From the article, published in the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2021 edition: 

Pretrial reforms have traditionally focused on improving court appearance and public safety. What is examined and addressed less frequently is why these problems exist in the first place, and concerns about racial disparities usually don’t appear until the end of the analysis. What would we see and how would we change our approach if we really understood the racial history of the legal system in the United States and placed that understanding, along with a requirement of racial equity, foremost rather than as an afterthought? Would a more expansive knowledge of the past create an avenue to disengage from harmful practices and embrace new, race- and class-conscious solutions?

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