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Wednesday, April 7 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM ET


A large body of social science evidence indicates that objective, reliable and valid risk assessment instruments are more accurate in evaluating risk than professional human judgements alone.


The pretrial risk assessment tools in use across the United States vary in how they estimate risk, the factors they assess and their source of information. Eric Ghysels, professor of finance and economics at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, will share his findings from his work exploring machine learning classification problems which he applied to the predictive validity of algorithmic decision-making in pretrial detention assessments. His binary choice model could offer a better way to inform judicial decision-making by facilitating a more accurate identification of low-risk defendants.


Join our panel of experts who will share their technological, legal and social expertise to answer the questions raised by the real-world performance of risk assessment instruments.



Featured Panelists:

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Dr. Fay Cobb Payton
Professor of Information Systems and Technology, North Carolina State University
Program Director, Division of Computer and Network Systems, National Science Foundation

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Eric Ghysels
Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; Faculty Director, Rethinc. Labs

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Jessica Smith
W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Director, UNC School of Government Criminal Justice Innovation Lab

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Julia Angwin
Editor-in-Chief and Founder, The Markup


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Assistant Director, Rethinc. Labs


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