IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Frustration Over Courts’ Risk Assessment Tool Grows
KOB – News 4 Albuquerque
By: Meg Hilling
The list of those in leadership frustrated with the risk assessment application known Arnold Tool is getting longer.
The San Juan County district attorney voiced concern about the tool following an officer-involved shooting in Farmington. In recently obtained courtroom audio, a San Juan County prosecutor can be heard asking that William Wilson not be released on Aug. 2 on charges of burglary and larceny.
“I’m willing to release him on an unsecured appearance bond of $25,000,” Judge John A Dean Jr. said.
After evaluating Wilson with the Arnold Tool, which looks at past crimes and flight risk, the judge ruled differently. Later in August, Wilson died in a shootout with state police that left one officer injured. …
It’s a frustration echoed by the San Juan County sheriff and New Mexico State Police chief.
“I think we are just at a point now where there is a complete lack of uniformity that’s allowing anyone, whether it’s prosecutors, defense attorneys or even judges, to clearly go in and understand what needs to be done,” Tedrow said.”
But Tedrow said it’s a mistake to direct any frustrations over the new tool at the bench.
“A lot of people are really upset with judges on these decisions. I don’t think that is necessarily where the blame needs to be,” he said. “I think it is on the rules themselves. I think the judges’ hands have been tied to where they have no more discretion.” …