Yakima County Public Safety Assessment-Court

Algorithmic Transparency filed this request with the Yakima County Court of Yakima County, WA.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), 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:



I am requesting the following records 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. More generally, I would like any software that was developed by or with, given to, used by, purchased or licensed to this agency for 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. It would also include the input training data for machine learning algorithms. 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. This also includes any description of input and output data fields that will aid in understanding the type of information that is submitted to the software, and that is produced by the software.

* 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 records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
* A copy of any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with the program, and a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies, or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. By “validation study,” I mean any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, or to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or may produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.

* 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.

The requested records 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy


Dear Mr. Morisy,

Pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officer's Law, commonly known as the Freedom of Information Law, this will constitute a written acknowledgement of the receipt of your FAX, dated Thursday, September 29, 2016. Such acknowledgement is being made within five (5) business days of the request. Furthermore, this shall be a written statement of the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which I estimate to be by Friday, November 4, 2016.

Although we will do everything we can to supply you with the information electronically, depending on the nature and extent of the records requested, there may be a fee of $0.25 per page for the reproduction of such records and documents. You will be advised of the amount of any fee prior to the release of the documents and/or records.

Please be further advised that pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officer's Law, if circumstances prevent the disclosure to the person who requests such records within twenty (20) business days from the date of this acknowledgement, the Board is required to state in writing both the reason for the inability to grant the request and a date certain within a reasonable period, depending on the circumstances, when the request will be granted in whole or in part.

I trust the above is of assistance to you.

Steve Bass,
Freedom of Information Access Officer
Westchester County Board of Legislators


Dear Mr. Morisy,
This shall be the Westchester County Board of Legislators formal response to your Freedom of Information Law(FOIL) request dated Thursday, September 29, 2016. The New York State Freedom Of Information Law is intended to allow citizens to have access to records made and kept by a public body.
You asked for "records related to the software and algorithm used in the Public Safety Assessment-Court (PSA-Court) Software". Please be advised that your request is denied in its entirety and I certify that after a diligent search, no records responsive to your request are in the possession of the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Any appeal from the foregoing determination should be addressed to:

Robert F. Meehan, Esq.
Westchester County Attorney
148 Martine Avenue - Room 600
White Plains, New York 10601

Please do not hesitate to contact me if any additional information is needed.

Steve Bass
Freedom of Information Officer
Westchester County Board of Legislators

From: Yakima County Court

A no responsive documents response.