Titus Henderson COMPAS parole denial

Occurred: 2020

Wisconsin prison inmate Titus Henderson alleged that prison officials had discriminated against him and other African American inmates by using a 'racially biased actuarial tool,' COMPAS, in their sentencing.

Per George Washington University's ETI AI Litigation Database, Henderson had been convicted and incarcerated in July 1995, serving a 40-year sentence. 

In October 2014, COMPAS determined Henderson was low risk but after a Parole Hearing in November 2015, Henderson claimed he was denied Parole and transfer from Wisconsin to Mississippi because of COMPAS's biased algorithm for gender and against African-Americans.

The judge rejected Henderson's claims, arguing there is enough information to infer that the Department of Corrections knew of the racial bias and its harm to African American inmates. 

In March 2021 the judge dismissed the case. 

Operator: Wisconsin Court System
Developer: Volaris Group/Equivant/Northpointe

Country: USA

Sector: Govt - justice

Purpose: Assess recidivism risk

Technology: Recidivism risk assessment system
Issue: Bias/discrimination - race, ethnicity, gender

Transparency: Governance; Black box

Legal, regulatory 👩🏼‍⚖️

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2023