Loomis v. Wisconsin

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Loomis v. Wisconsin was a petition to the United States Supreme Court to overturn the previous Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in State v. Loomis.[1] The case challenged the State of Wisconsin's use of proprietary, closed-source risk assessment software in the sentencing of Eric Loomis to six years in prison.[2] The case alleged that using such software in sentencing violates the defendant's right to due process because it prevents the defendant from challenging the scientific validity and accuracy of such test.[3] The case also alleged that the system in question ("Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions" or COMPAS) violates due process rights by taking gender and race into account.[4] Hearing this case would have given the court "the opportunity to rule on whether it violates due process to sentence someone based on a risk-assessment instrument whose workings are protected as a trade secret."[5]

The Supreme Court denied the writ of certiorari, thus declining to hear the case, on June 26, 2017.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Loomis v. Wisconsin - SCOTUSblog". SCOTUSblog. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  2. ^ Smith, Mitch (2016-06-22). "In Wisconsin, a Backlash Against Using Data to Foretell Defendants' Futures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ "State v. Loomis". harvardlawreview.org. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  4. ^ "FindLaw's Supreme Court of Wisconsin case and opinions". Findlaw. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  5. ^ Wexler, Rebecca (2017-06-13). "Opinion | When a Computer Program Keeps You in Jail". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  6. ^ "Supreme Court Order List (06/26/2017)" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  7. ^ "Docket for 16-6387". www.supremecourt.gov. Retrieved 2017-09-18.