The Threat of Tech: Pre-Trial Risk Assessment Tools and 21st Century Discrimination

Oct 2, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Innovative technologies hold the promise of transformative potential to tackle the major human rights problems of our time — armed conflict, forced displacement, environmental devastation, poverty, inequality, and discrimination. At the same time, new technologies can also threaten fundamental freedoms and economic rights.

Algorithm-based decision-making is becoming pervasive in our criminal legal system and many other facets of life, including police stations, courthouses, and workplaces. They threaten to reproduce old forms of discrimination in new ways while hiding behind a veneer of science and objectivity.

Join Human Rights Watch, the Chicago Community Bond Fund, and the Illinois Justice Project for a panel discussion to expose and elucidate algorithm based pre-trial risk assessment tools and their role in national and regional bond reform debate.


John Raphling, Senior Researcher on Criminal Justice, Human Rights Watch

Sharlyn Grace, Exective Director, Chicago Community Bond Fund

Sharone Mitchell Jr, Deputy Director, Illinois Justice Project

Antonio Gutierrez, OCAD from Organized Communities Against Deportations

Moderated by 

Laura S Washington, In These Times Contributing Editor, Columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and political analyst for ABC 7-Chicago

This event is free and open to the public.

To reserve a seat, contact Greg Hughes at


From the exhibition “The Way the Mystic Sees”