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NCJ Number: 149097 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Bail Classification Profile Project Harris County, Texas: Final Report
Author(s): S J Cuvelier; D W Potts
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 171
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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State Justice Institute
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Grant Number: SJI-89-049
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report addresses prediction classification for bail decisions in Harris County, Tex.; how a new point scale was designed for the county; and how that scale performed after implementation.
Abstract: The central issue of the project was whether the existing predictive tool or an empirically derived instrument would provide the consumer courts with greater predictive accuracy in making pretrial release decisions. The project developed a bail classification instrument that used eight predictors out of 40 that were developed from data available through the Justice-Information-Management-System data for the 1990 defendant population. Researchers found the instrument to be substantially more predictive of outcome than the original instrument used in Harris County for more than a decade. Tests for disparate impact on defendants of different racial/ethnic backgrounds or gender showed some differences, but these fell within limits that might be expected from random variation. Statistically removing the influences of race/ethnicity and gender from the classification instrument caused no change in the way the instrument predicted risk. This report concludes that the instrument is performing its intended function well and should be applied widely as a credible information source in making bail decisions. 99 figures
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Bail/Financial Release; Corrections decisionmaking; Pretrial release; Texas
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