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The Detroit Justice Center (DJC) is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.
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STPP researched the harms of, and alternatives to, individual risk assessment tools being used in pretrial release determinations. This was to support DJC's efforts, as they work with coalition members to overhaul the money bail system, and to pass expansive and comprehensive bail reform that promotes decarceration without reliance on predatory risk assessment tools.

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Policy Brief

In the United States, many jurisdictions are turning to pretrial risk assessment tools as an alternative to cash bail. More than 60 risk assessment tools are in use throughout the country today, at both the federal and state level and in multiple stages of a person’s process through the carceral system.
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Ember McCoy

Student Researcher

Ember McCoy

Ph.D., School of Environment and Sustainability
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