While Meek Mill Seeks Prison Reform, Jazmine Sullivan Considers Cognitive Behavior

Jazmine Sullivan (Photo: Justin Douglas)

What makes an individual a product of their environment? What factors are taken into consideration to accurately solve this equation?

In other words, WHO SAYS?! The COMPAS tool does, that’s who.

Originally developed in 1998 by Equivant (formerly Northpointe), the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, or (COMPAS) uses a proprietary algorithm that sums up the the answers to 137 questions to assess an offender’s recidivism. The results of the assessment are taken into consideration during sentencing in attempts to determine the placement and rehabilitative needs of the offender. The question of this tool’s validity lays where the risk assessment scores for people of color, which are overwhelmingly black, inaccurately tend toward more likely to re-offend than white people. This further contributes to the mass incarceration of black men and women. Logically speaking, this skewing of results could be due to the fact that the “norms” used to develop the COMPAS scoring measurements are system-generated from correctional facilities…

“…where people of color still massively outnumber those who are white, despite the fact that the numbers are shrinking…”

Let’s put this into perspective:

A “cousin” of Philly R&B Songstress, @Jazmine Sullivan, was arrested more than 40 years ago and charged with attempted murder. He spit in the face of former Philadelphia Mayor, Frank Rizzo, after he called him a “porch (nigger) monkey.” After a career in police enforcement where he organized the brutal beatings and incarcerations of countless black men and women, Frank Rizzo was voted Mayor of the city of Philadelphia from 1972 to 1980. He was notorious for being racially charged and in support of white supremacy. Nicknamed “The General”, his political and aggressive influence on the police presence in the city of Philadelphia would remain for decades. The infamous statue of Rizzo was voted to be removed from the steps of the Philadelphia Municipal Building in November 2017. As of today, it still remains. That speaks volumes to the morals and blind eyes turned toward the need for reform in the city of Philadelphia.

Please click to see @Jazmine’s reaction to IDIEH…

Jazmine Sullivan plays a “game” that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Criminal Justice

@Jazmine Sullivan would never have the opportunity to meet her “cousin” due to the fact that he was sentenced to life without parole and has been unconstitutionally incarcerated for over 48 years, even after the Supreme Court ruled that a youth sentenced to life without parole is unconstitutional under the Obama Administration. Jazmine’s older brother, Justin Northington, was, in fact, in the courtroom to witness firsthand the account of their “cousin’s” re-trial.

“So, why hasn’t Jazmine’s “cousin” been released???”

Good question. For a better understanding of how the COMPAS tool could predetermine the fate of someone, let’s apply the properties used by the COMPAS tool:

A 16-year-old male is arrested for alleged attempted murder and, later, but prior to sentencing, spits in the face of a known racist police officer for calling him by a racial slur.

After being convicted, the risk assessment score of a black offender may be: 4
The answers from the COMPAS evaluation reveal that the offender/offender’s:

  • Has a few friends/acquaintances who have been arrested
  • Lives in an area where crime is prevalent
  • Often feels discouraged
  • Has once previously been arrested for a non-violent crime and committed to a juvenile institute
  • Most serious offense is a misdemeanor
  • Lived with both parents up until age 10, then raised by adoptive parents
  • Birth father has previously been arrested

The risk assessment of a white offender may be: 2
The answers from the COMPAS evaluation reveal that the offender/offender’s:

  • Has a few friends/acquaintances who have been arrested
  • Does not have a regular living situation
  • Never feels discouraged
  • Has previously been arrested four times for violent crimes, but never convicted nor committed to a juvenile institute
  • Most serious offense is a misdemeanor
  • Lived with both parents until 15 or older, then raised by foster parents
  • Birth mother has previously been arrested

These are tentative answers in direct response to questions from the COMPAS evaluation. An offender who has been arrested four times for violent crimes, but managed to avoid jail time could be more likely to be sentenced to anger management, while the offender who has been arrested and convicted one time is more likely to recidivate and should be sentenced to mass incarceration?

How is this information valid? Sounds “Dumb [sic] doesn’t it?

I thought we were past these games
“No more games, I believe
So now what I hate the most, is you think you’re so smart
You think you’re foolin’ me

Oh, you must be
Dumb, dumb, dumb
I ain’t
Dumb, dumb
Oh baby, you so
Dumb, dumb, dumb
I ain’t
Dumb, dumb
No, no, no”

Dumb” by Jazmine Sullivan (used by kind permission of @Jazmine Sullivan)

Apply this information to a situation we’re all familiar with: @Meek Mill — rapper, convicted felon, and prison reform advocate. We’ve watched this happen too many times when black men are swallowed up by a system designed to exacerbate their circumstances.

What is the solution?

Suppose there was a program developed to yield results more accurately based on stimulating positive cognitive behavior, utilizing game play and acquiring data directly from each and every individual. Let us also suppose that this program is not depending on just race and demographics. Would that help solve this issue?

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this 4-part series and a closer look at these programs, with information guaranteed to make you think twice about your OWN decisions!

There is an IDIEH! @Jazmine Sullivan has played it!

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(Article written by Shana Carroll. It was first posted on Medium. com)