26 June 2020

Risk of ethnic profiling in recidivism prediction tool OxRec

There are signs that ethnic profiling is being used in a growing number of so-called risk assessment tools. Gijs van Dijck of the Maastricht Law & Tech Lab at Maastricht University therefore evaluated the OxRec tool, which attempts to predict the risk of recidivism and has been used in Dutch legal practice for some time. The findings are troubling. The use of OxRec creates or reinforces the possibility of unequal treatment based on race, social class or other forms of social inequality. Van Dijck’s evaluation will be published today in the Dutch law journal Nederlands Juristenblad.