Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores

Mölders M (2021)
SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society 18(1): 57-82.

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Algorithms have entered courts, e.g. via scores assessing recidivism. At first sight, recent applications appear to be clear cases of solutionism, i.e. attempts at fixing social problems with technological solutions. Deploying thematic analysis on assessments of two of the most prominent and widespread examples of recidivism scores, COMPAS and the PSA, casts doubt on this notion. Crucial problems – as different as “fairness” (COMPAS) and “proper application” (PSA) – are not tackled in a technological manner but rather by installing conversations. It shows that even technorationalists never see the technological solution in isolation but are actively searching for flanking social methods thereby accounting for problems that cannot be eased technologically. Furthermore, we witness social scientists called upon as active parts of such engineering.
Stichworte
algorithms; fairness; pretrial; recidivism; risk assessment; solutionism
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society
Band
18
Ausgabe
1
Seite(n)
57-82
ISSN
1744-2567
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2957184

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Mölders M. Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society. 2021;18(1):57-82.
Mölders, M. (2021). Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society, 18(1), 57-82. https://doi.org/10.2966/scrip.180121.57
Mölders, M. (2021). Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society 18, 57-82.
Mölders, M., 2021. Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society, 18(1), p 57-82.
M. Mölders, “Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores”, SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society, vol. 18, 2021, pp. 57-82.
Mölders, M.: Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society. 18, 57-82 (2021).
Mölders, Marc. “Legal Algorithms and Solutionism: Reflections on Two Recidivism Scores”. SCRIPTed. Journal of Law, Technology & Society 18.1 (2021): 57-82.
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