Conversation and Audience Q&A with Glenn Rodríguez and screening of documentary, “Algorithms Rule Us All”

Overview & Event Agenda

Is algorithmic decision-making currently used in our criminal justic system serving society or harming people due to opaque and biased software? What are advocacy groups and cities doing to impose accountability and transparency into software that decides the fate and freedoms of human beings?

Join us for an important discussion on the implementation and impact of automated risk assessment technologies in the criminal justic system being used to determine the fate and future of inmates in a number of ways — in this case, specifically, relating to their eligibility for parole.

COMPAS, an acronym for Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, is a case management and decision support tool developed and owned by Northpointe used by U.S. courts to assess the likelihood of a defendant becoming a recidivist. COMPAS has been used by the U.S. states of New York, Wisconsin, California, Florida’s Broward County, and other jurisdictions.

Our special guest speaker, joining us to share his personal story and answer your questions, is Glenn Rodríguez who, after serving 26 years in prison in New York, was denied parole by COMPAS automated risk assessment software, despite having served his entire sentence with a near-perfect record of rehabilitation…



Glenn Rodríguez, Program Director, Horizon Juvenile Center

Glenn Rodriguez, Program Director at the Horizon Juvenile Center, is an innovative leader and advocate for criminal justice reform and a broad array of social justice issues whose inspiring story of redemption and fight for freedom have captured mainstream media attention and facilitated debate on responsible and ethical use of technology in the correctional system.

Over the past three years, Glenn has held several positions at the Center for Community Alternatives, Inc. (CCA), a not-for-profit organization that promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.



Jonathan Askin

Founder/Dir., Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, Visiting Professor, MIT Media Lab