David Ball


A Misdirected COMPAS

I’m generally a fan of the use of actuarial tools in criminal justice. These tools help estimate the risk of a given event (say, failure to appear in court or rearrest) based on factors that are statistically correlated with that event. Part of my support for actuarial tools comes from my belief that criminal justice… Read more »

Indian Blood

May 18, 2016 By W. David Ball wdavidball 550341 Commenthttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.samefacts.com%2F2016%2F05%2Feverything-else%2Findian-blood%2FIndian+Blood2016-05-18+12%3A19%3A07W.+David+Ballhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.samefacts.com%2F%3Fp%3D55034 Part of the fallout from the Elizabeth Warren-Donald Trump tweet feud is the reintroduction of Warren’s contested claims of Native American ancestry. Without getting into the details of Warren’s claim, with which I am unfamiliar, this provides an opportunity to discuss how such claims are… Read more »