Colorado Rejects Algorithm Based Bail System
The Colorado Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs , which required the state to use a risk assessment algorithm in reviewing a defendant’s bail. With a wide variety of groups opposing the legislation, state senators feared that further weakening criminal accountability was bad public policy and threatened public safety.
Colorado joins the state of Florida in rejecting the no-money bail system.
On March 11, 2018, the Florida Senate also rejected which sought to bring the failed New Jersey and New Mexico bail systems to the Sunshine State. Similar to Colorado, the legislation sought to eliminate the money bail system and introduce a computer based risk assessment algorithm to decide which defendants get pretrial release.
California State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) continue their efforts (Senate Bill 10) to bring the failed New Jersey and New Mexico computer based risk assessment algorithm to the Golden State.