Flaws plague a tool meant to help low-risk federal prisoners win early release

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A prisoner looks out of his jail window as protesters gather outside the federal detention center in Miami on June 12, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd.

The Justice Department created an algorithm to measure a person’s risk of committing a new crime after leaving prison. But even after multiple tweaks the tool is leading to racial disparities.

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