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The Bail Project opposes the use of pretrial algorithms to help decide whether an individual is incarcerated pretrial. Together, with data scientists and legal scholars, we argue that pretrial algorithms, also known as risk assessment tools, disproportionately harm people of color, oversimplify complex individual and case outcomes, undermine standards of procedural justice, and rely on data that is inaccurate, outdated, and unreliable.

People who leave Cook County Jail on individual-recognizance bonds can be connected to affordable housing through a partnership announced today by the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund, The Bail Project and Lawndale Christian Legal Center.

TBP’s Senior Policy Counsel Nicole Zayas-Fortier and past intern Gabriel Henriquez write about the desperate need for bipartisan efforts to aid ongoing crisis in Michigan’s jails. If the proposed legislature were successful, jails would become less crowded and marginalized populations would be better protected.

David Gaspar, National Director of Operations, defends The Bail Project’s work in Indianapolis. Gaspar highlights the complexities of the issue, describing why TBP is under such scrutiny in Indiana but also why now more than ever we must step up and be clear about just what is at stake — and for whom.