Why polygraph testing of sexual offenders is not an effective treatment strategy On May 9, the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 1427, which prohibits individuals with a vested economic interest in administration of polygraph tests from serving on the sex offender management board (SOMB). Beyond the issue of conflict of interest, there are other reasons … Continue reading Polygraph testing and treatment of sexual offenders
What we don't know about risk assessment in the justice system In the criminal justice system, data has become a hot topic, and often the driving force behind decisions related to law enforcement activities, pretrial release on bail, sentencing decisions, and release on parole. It is commonly believed that predictions related to recidivism that are … Continue reading How does data shape justice?
With the tremendous financial and psychological burden on the public and defender systems, maybe it's time to use science to reduce both.