FROM Anne Milgram
An Algorithm to Take the Guesswork Out of Criminal Sentencing Every day judges are faced with a difficult dilemma: whether or not to let someone who’s just been arraigned out on bail. If they’re released, they could commit more crimes—potentially violent ones. But if you deny bail, people who aren’t safety or flight risks crowd into over-burdened prisons. Now, jurisdictions around the country have an option that claims to take the subjectivity out of the decision. It’s called the Public Safety Assessment, or PSA, and it was created by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.