Reporting fellow at @propublica, adjunct at @columbiajourn. Formerly @pacificstand, @CJR. Post-It enthusiast.

Your Guide to Blood Donation: The Lazy Person’s Charitable Giving

thehairpin.com — by Lauren Kirchner When I was a teenager, I volunteered as a "blood drive captain" - an inherently geeky and self-serious role in the wide social spectrum of high school. My job was to sign up as many of my classmates as I could ahead of the annual blood drive that was held in the school gym, and to answer a lot of anxious first-time-donor questions.

Wisconsin Court: Warning Labels Are Needed for Scores Rating Defendants’ Risk of Future Crime

propublica.org — We're investigating algorithmic injustice and the formulas that increasingly influence our lives. Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook volumelow Podcast RSS RSS Latest Stories in this Project The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday raised concerns about a risk assessment tool that scores criminal defendants on their likelihood of committing future crimes and is increasingly being used during sentencing.

The Senate's Popular Sentencing Reform Bill Would Sort Prisoners by "Risk Score"

truth-out.org — At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can't agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform. A Senate bill on the issue has attracted an impressive 37 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

The Senate’s Popular Sentencing Reform Bill Would Sort Prisoners By ‘Risk Score’

mintpressnews.com — At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can't agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform. A Senate bill on the issue has attracted an impressive 37 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

Should We Rank Prisoners by ‘Risk Score’?

psmag.com — A popular sentencing reform bill would score federal prisoners according to their risk of recidivating. Those who got high scores would be ineligible for treatment programs. By Lauren Kirchner At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can't agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

The Senate’s Popular Sentencing Reform Bill Would Sort Prisoners By ‘Risk Score’

propublica.org — We're investigating algorithmic injustice and the formulas that increasingly influence our lives. Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook volumelow Podcast RSS RSS Latest Stories in this Project At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can't agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

Machine Bias - ProPublica

What Algorithmic Injustice Looks Like in Real Life

psmag.com — A computer program rated defendants' risk of committing a future crime. These are the results. By Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu & Lauren Kirchner Courtrooms across the nation are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal. The programs help inform decisions on everything from bail to sentencing.

Investigations | Mother Jones

Machine Bias | Alternet

alternet.org — ON A SPRING AFTERNOON IN 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to pick up her god-sister from school when she spotted an unlocked kid's blue Huffy bicycle and a silver Razor scooter. Borden and a friend grabbed the bike and scooter and tried to ride them down the street in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Coral Springs.
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Aug 23, 2016

The Gordon Gekko era: Donald Trump's lucrative and controversial time as an activist investor  http://cnn.it/2br7qtA 

Aug 22, 2016

I actually think the most "astonishing" part of this trailer is that it's coming out in 2017...not, like, 1967  https://twitter.com/mattkatz00/status/767918132623183872 

Aug 22, 2016

Any editors need photos of Baton Rouge? Hit up @simko_bednarski on the ground - his past work is here:  http://www.simkobednarskiphoto.com/  #notbiased

Aug 22, 2016

RT @simko_bednarski: Chagrined to learn that the injury I sustained installing a new turbo in my car is known colloquially as "golfer's elbow" #notcool


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