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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Gabrielle Johnson

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2021 Jun Chung


Ever since the heated debate between Equivant and ProPublica about Equivant's risk assessment platform, COMPAS, people have been questioning the ethics of using algorithms in the criminal justice domain. The criminal justice system needs a decision-making framework that can combat discrimination but can machine learning programs deliver? Can these risk assessment platforms possibly replace social democracy with lines of code? By diving into the nature of inductive reasoning, this paper discusses why algorithms cannot possibly replace human decision-making in the courtroom.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.