Professor Lauryn Gouldin Discusses Risk Assessment at Wake Forest Bail Reform Symposium
On Jan. 31, 2020, Professor Lauryn Gouldin—an expert on criminal justice reform—joined the Risk Assessment panel at the Wake Forest Law Review Spring 2020 Symposium on Bail Reform.
Dr. Sarah Desmarais of North Carolina State University, Professor Sandra Mayson of University of Georgia School of Law, and Professor Jenny Carroll, of University of Alabama School of Law joined Gouldin on the Risk Assessment panel.
The panelists addressed factors that determine the risk of setting bail for a detainee. Current standards are often based on charts that automatically set bail standards. Panelists discussed the pros and cons of this method and how to effectuate new standards that take into account the likelihood that a defendant will flee or commit another illegal act, as well as the reasonable bail a defendant can pay based on circumstances.