Webinar: Criminal justice by algorithm Part II: pre trial detention, sentencing, probation


Criminal justice decisions are increasingly being influenced by artificial intelligence, including machine-learning algorithms and automated-decision making systems.

This means that sensitive and important decisions about detention, sentencing and probation are being outsourced to predictive and risk-modelling systems. These systems can determine whether people are held in detention awaiting trial or released, whether they are given a custodial sentence or conditional release, and when they are released from their sentence. Already widespread in the United States, their use is growing in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Automated systems infringe our fundamental rights to a fair trial, privacy and data protection. They can also reinforce discrimination based on race, socio-economic status or class, nationality and background.

Pilar Weiss: founder and Director of the Community Justice Exchange
Colin Doyle: Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School
Griff Ferris: Legal and policy officer at Fair Trials