The Rise and Fall of Algorithms in American Criminal Justice: Lessons for Canada

55 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2021

Date Written: October 28, 2020

Abstract

Artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms are often referred to as “weapons of math destruction.” Many systems are also credibly described as “a sophisticated form of racial profiling.” These views are widespread in many current discussions of AI and algorithms.

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) Issue Paper, The Rise and Fall of Algorithms in American Criminal Justice: Lessons for Canada, is the first of three LCO Issue Papers considering AI and algorithms in the Canadian justice system. The paper provides an important first look at the potential use and regulation of AI and algorithms in Canadian criminal proceedings. The paper identifies important legal, policy and practical issues and choices that Canadian policymakers and justice stakeholders should consider before these technologies are widely adopted in this country.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, criminal justice, algorithms, racial data discrimination

Suggested Citation

Ontario, Law Commission of, The Rise and Fall of Algorithms in American Criminal Justice: Lessons for Canada (October 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3773651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3773651

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