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You’ve read a lot about the use of algorithms at the sentencing stage of criminal proceedings, but they are also used at the bail and parole stages. This new paper looks at the bias embedded in algorithms (including the STATIC-99R) and zeroes in on our own State v. Loomis… Read More

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How accurate are risk assessment tools?

They may seem more measured and bias free, but according to this new article, they aren’t very good. Compas has significant flaws, and the accuracy of the Static 99-R “is not much better than a coin toss.” This article links to a number of studies that might support a challenge to the use of these… Read More

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State v. Scott R. Nelson, 2007 WI App 2, PFR filed 1/22/07 For Nelson: Joseph L. Sommers Issue/Holding: ¶15      … Even under the “more likely than not” standard, there must be a strong nexus between the person’s mental disorder and that person’s level of dangerousness. Under this standard, the likelihood that the person will engage in… Read More

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State v. Terry L. Olson, 2006 WI App 32, PFR filed 3/16 For Olson: Melinda A. Swartz, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue: Whether ch. 980 is unconstitutional because the SVP definition of “dangerousness” is not linked to imminent risk. Holding: ¶5       We deem Olson’s reliance on Lessard misplaced. In 2002, our own supreme court considered a challenge to Wis. Stat. ch. 51… Read More

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State v. Shermell G. Tabor, / State v. Ronald Irvin Ryan, 2005 WI App 107 For Tabor / Ryan: Ellen Henak, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue/Holding: Legislative modification of the definition of SVP “dangerousness” (2003 Wis Act 187, §§ 2, 2m, amending §§ 980.01(7) and 980.02(2)(c); reducing the necessary showing from “substantial probability” to mere likelihood of sexual violence) has an effective… Read More

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State v. Ray A. Schiller, 2003 WI App 195 For Schiller: Jack E. Schairer, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶11. However, a “serious difficulty in controlling behavior” is not about whether a person has the ability to make choices….¶12. The Crane Court further indicated that we must not only consider whether the person has the ability… Read More

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State v. John Lee Laxton, 2002 WI 82, affirming unpublished court of appeals decision (Affirmed on habeas review, John L. Laxton v. Bartow, 421 F.3d 565 (7th Cir 2005)) For Laxton: Margaret A. Maroney, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether ch. 980 is unconstitutional by failing to adequately narrow the class of commitment subjects to those with serious difficulty controlling… Read More

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State v. John Lee Laxton, 2002 WI 82, affirming unpublished court of appeals decision (Affirmed on other grounds, habeas review, John L. Laxton v. Bartow, 421 F.3d 565 (7th Cir 2005)) For Laxton: Margaret A. Maroney, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the jury instructions adequately conveyed the requirement of mental disorder causing serious difficulty in… Read More

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