Replacing Money Bail with Algorithmic-Based Tool Worsens Racial Disparities
There’s a great opinion article from the Sacramento Observer regarding the perils of using an algorithmic-based tool to replace money bail.
Algorithmic-based tools have raised concerns about privacy, racial prejudice and potential violations of a person’s constitutional rights.
There are over 100 national and local civil rights groups that favor the end of the money bail system. These same groups have expressed serious concerns about adopting an algorithmic-based decision making tool as a substitution for money bail. In a statement the groups claimed “… In fact, these tools can worsen racial disparities and allow further incarceration.”
California can’t make the same mistakes that other states made by replacing money bail with an algorithmic-based tool.
Senate Bill 10 must not pass to ensure the safety of the public and to ensure that racial disparities are not increased, which could lead to further incarceration.