New Jersey Superior Court Public Safety Assessment-Court

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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:

This request is concerning the the software and algorithm used in the Public Safety Assessment-Court (PSA-Court) Software. For reference and help retrieving responsive documents, this program was publicly discussed in the following news articles and segments:

http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/more-than-20-cities-and-states-adopt-risk-assessment-tool-to-help-judges-decide-which-defendants-to-detain-prior-to-trial/

http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/LJAF-research-summary_PSA-Court_4_1.pdf

I am requesting the following documents related to the above program:

* Any software and algorithms developed for the implementation of the program. I'm particularly interested in any algorithms that have a public policy outcome, such as providing guidance on a policy or an assessment of an individual. However, I would like any software that was developed by or with, given to, used by, purchased or licensed to this agency for the above implementation of the above referenced program. This would include original source code, any compiled binaries (also known as executables), spreadsheets, program scripts, and other digital materials used to calculate any data in the above program. Collectively, these responsive materials will be referred to as "the software" in the following paragraphs.

* All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of "the software." This includes any notes taking during meetings that discussed the use of the software, any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how the software works, and any other document that has been used to help explain the use of "the software" to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

* A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements that reference "the software" or otherwise guide it use or the relationship between this agency and the provider or developer of the software.

* A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention the use of the Software, as well as audit documents, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

* For the aspects of the software that require an input, for example, to compute a value, we request a copy of the five most recent sets of data that were used for input, as well as the five most recent outputs of the software, in whatever their native format is. If these inputs or outputs include exempt information, we ask that you exempt only that information which is specifically exempted from law, and provide the other material.

* If any of these data sets include demographic information about the eligible defendant including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, financial resources, and socio-economic status, please include that as well. If any of the above-referenced data sets have related data sets that include information on race, ethnicity, gender, financial resources, and socio-economic status of referenced persons, as required by law (P.L. 2014, c. 031), please provide these data sets as well.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: New Jersey Superior Court

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: New Jersey Superior Court

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

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