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    He Committed Murder. Then He Graduated From an Elite Law School. Would You Hire Him as Your Attorney?

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    Last September, a group of academics and activists gathered at Princeton University to discuss the limits of artificial intelligence in public policy.

    The longest debate concerned some of the most sensitive decisions in the justice system, like whether to release a person on bail or parole. Many in attendance were queasy about using algorithms to determine prison stays ? not least because crime data tends to reflect racial bias. But one conference goer in particular stood out for his skepticism.

    His name was Bruce Reilly. The deputy director of a New Orleans organization called VOTE, which advocates for the formerly incarcerated, Mr. Reilly is a minor celebrity in the field. He was a sounding board for the leader of the recent Florida ballot campaign that restored voting rights to up to 1.4 million former felons, and helped lead similar initiatives in Rhode Island and Louisiana.

    Mr. Reilly, 45, has playful eyes, weathered skin and a boyish voice, and at Princeton, he wore a dark blazer that did not appear to be his natural uniform. Though it was barely midmorning, his shirt was already threatening to decamp from his pants as he turned to address a Princeton postdoctoral student sitting next to him.

    ?Statistically,? Mr. Reilly told her, ?the safest person to let out of prison is a murderer.? The academic, Madelyn Sanfilippo, screwed up her face in apparent disbelief.

    ?You seem like a person who cares about statistics,? Mr. Reilly continued, arguing that people convicted of lesser crimes often cycle in and out of prison, while someone serving a long sentence for murder has typically matured out of crime by the time he is released.

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    No, and I don't understand how he can be licensed?

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