JusticeTech DL: DOJ releases risk assessment tool; geneology website secures wrongful conviction + new jobs

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News



The U.S. Department of Justice published the PATTERN risk and needs assessment tool, which is being used to implement the federal First Step Act. (DOJ) (h/t Vera Institute) An ongoing challenge is that pretrial risk assessments struggle to predict the likelihood of future violent crime. (NYT)

Sarah Lageson and her co-author argue that there needs to be a new system to rein in the private use of technology the disseminates and profits from criminal record data. (BJC) Even for those who had their case dismissed, their records persist in police databases. (Marshall Project)

Oakland city council voted to ban its government's use of facial recognition, making it the third city in the country to do so. (Verge) Orlando police cancel their use of Amazon's Rekognition program. (OW) Detroit's police commissioner was arrested at a public meeting for protesting facial recognition technology. (Blavity) Over in Britain, members of parliament call to end the real-time use of the tech. (BBC)

Genealogy websites are all the rage in cold case prosecution, but, in at least one case, they can prove a wrongful conviction. (Marshall Project)

Here's a map of every police department that partnered with Amazon's Ring, a doorbell-camera service. (Buzzfeed)

Hackers pwned the London Metropolitan Police Twitter account. (CNN)

Events



The Maintainers are putting on a third conference focused on maintenance, infrastructure and repair in Washington D.C., October 6-9. (Maintainers)

ASSETS is calling for papers regarding AI fairness and those with disabilities for a workshop in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. (ASSETS)

The American Society of Criminology meeting is happening in San Francisco between November 13-16. (ASC)

Jobs & Opportunities



ACLU national is looking for a director of product management. (ACLU)

AI Now Institute is looking for an executive director and a post-doc researcher. (AI Now)

Arnold Ventures has a bunch of job openings in their various criminal justice tracks. (Arnold)

The U.C. Berkeley School of Law's Center for the Study of Law and Society needs a new executive director. (Berkeley)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has a user experience researcher, operations associate and senior engineer openings in their Justice and Opportunity vertical. (CZI)

The Future Society is looking for interns. (TFS)

Georgetown Law Center needs a program manager who focuses on algorithmic fairness and people with disabilities. (GU)

The Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University seeks a clinical instructor to join their Cyberlaw Clinic. (HU)

Lexis Nexis, a legal research company, is accepting applications for its accelerator. (Lexis)

Paladin needs a software engineer. (Paladin)

The University of Richmond School of Law is looking for a director to lead a program on legal innovation and entrepreneurship. (UR)

The Stanford Center for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence wants to fill a number of director roles. (HAI) (h/t Keith Porcaro)

Thorn has a number of positions open for engineers, product managers and sales. (Thorn)

Uptrust, a court reminder platform, is looking for a front end engineer and tech lead manager. (Uptrust)