Imagine trying to help a loved one accused of a crime secure their release in order to answer the charges against them – and having their freedom depend on computer algorithms and predictive models that have been shown to be racially biased. Without a judge to set bail or the terms of release, important criminal justice decisions will be at the mercy of the bureaucracy and biased computer formulas.
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Prop 25: UNFAIR
Prop 25 Creates Additional Bias Against Minorities and the Poor
The ACLU has said that these algorithms neither “provide sufficient due process nor adequately protect against racial biases and disparities,” and that their use “compromises our fundamental values of due process and racial justice.” Even the Pretrial Justice Institute, a longtime advocate for bail reform, recently declared that the algorithms-based system created by Prop 25 “can no longer be a part of our solution for building equitable pretrial justice systems.”
Civil rights organizations like the NAACP oppose the use of algorithms because they create more biased outcomes against people of color, and twenty-seven experts in the fields of statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and law from MIT, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, and other leading institutions said that using algorithms to determine pretrial risk raises grave concerns. Even tech leaders like Google, Facebook and Amazon – who use algorithms in their business – have come out against their use to make determinations on risk assessment because they lead to more biased outcomes for poor and minority defendants.
Algorithms might work for recommending songs, movies and other consumer interests but are biased and flawed when it comes to justice, bank loans and other sensitive and personal matters.
Prop 25 Denies a U.S. Constitutional Right
Prop 25: UNSAFE
Prop 25 Puts Our Public Safety at Risk
The first month after New York curtailed its use of bail, major crimes spiked in New York City, with the NYC Police Commissioner citing bail reform as a driver behind the increase in crime.
California’s recent experiment with “zero bail” during the coronavirus pandemic was disastrous, with many defendants arrested, released, and rearrested multiple times in one day. Prop 25 would make zero bail permanent, which is why law enforcement across the state say NO on Prop 25.
Prop 25 Deprives Justice for Victims of Crime
“Prop 25 destroys one of the best tools our communities have to make sure defendants appear and face their day in court.”
– Christine Ward, Executive Director, Crime Victims Alliance
Prop 25 Overburdens Local Law Enforcement
“Prop 25 will endanger public safety and makes it harder for police and sheriff’s departments to do our jobs.”
– Chad Bianco, Riverside County Sheriff
Prop 25: COSTLY
Prop 25 Costs Taxpayer Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Each Year
“Prop 25 will cost state and local governments several hundred million dollars each year. This will force us to cut vital public services or raise taxes, something our local communities can’t afford right now.”
– Sue Frost, Sacramento County Supervisor