In Wisconsin, a Backlash Against Using Data to Foretell Defendants' Futures

New York Times
Mitch Smith

Mr. Loomis was arrested in February 2013 and was accused of driving a car that had been used in a shooting. He pleaded guilty to eluding an officer and no contest to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Mr. Loomis, 34, is a registered sex offender, stemming from a past conviction for third-degree sexual assault.

Before his sentencing for his 2013 arrest, Mr. Loomis received a score on the Compas scale that suggested he was at a high risk of committing another crime. He is now serving his six-year sentence, with a possible release in 2019.


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