Use of digital risk assessment tools

Jack Maxwell made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) in relation to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Prison and Probation Service's (HMPPS) development of a digital categorisation tool (the tool) to assess the risk of a prisoner being involved in violence and disturbances and to inform decisions about prisoner management.

In particular, I am seeking the following information:

(1) Documents setting out the sites, dates and durations of the trials of the tool

(2) Documents describing the operation of the tool: What data points does the tool use in generating a risk rating for a prisoner? Were these data points identified through some machine learning or automated process and, if so, what training data was used in this process? What are the sources of the data which MoJ and HMPPS input into the tool? What kind of outputs does the tool generate (i.e. a numerical risk rating, a categorisation, etc.)? Were any propensity models, targets or distribution ratios developed in relation to the tool, giving an expectation of numbers per category?

(3) Documents describing the current and planned future deployment of the tool: Is the tool still being trialled? How widely is it currently used in the prison system? When and how it is planned to be rolled out to other prisons?

(4) Any assessments or evaluations of the tool, in respect of either the trials or its full deployment

(5) Any policy, guidance, educational or training documents regarding the tool or how MoJ or HMPPS staff are to use the tool

(6) Any equality impact assessments or data protection impact assessments in respect of the tool

In the event that you determine some of the information I have requested to be exempt from disclosure, please redact exempt information with black boxes, instead of snipping or excerpting, and please state which category of exemption you believe applies to the information.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in s.12 FOIA, please provide advice and assistance as to how I can refine my request, as required under s.16 FOIA.

Please let me know if you have any queries in relation to this request.

Thanks very much for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Maxwell

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

2 Atodiad

 

 

Dear Mr Maxwell.

 

Please find attached a holding reply for your FOI request received by the
MOJ on the the 24^th March 2020.

 

Regards.

 

 

[1]Ministry of Assistant Disclosure Specialist
Justice
Disclosure Team

Address: Post Point 10.38,  10th Floor, 102 Petty France,
London SW1H 9AJ

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) handling of my FOI request 'Use of digital risk assessment tools'.

Section 10(3) of the FOIA only relevantly permits extensions of time for a reasonable time to enable further consideration of whether the balance of the public interest lies in maintaining an exemption.

Your letter dated 23 April 2020 provides no explanation or justification for why a further 20 working days (i.e. an entire calendar month) is required to assess whether information which you have already identified would prejudice the maintenance of security and good order in prisons if disclosed, such that the public interest requires it to be withheld. I do not understand why such an assessment would take 20 working days to complete.

Further, your letter states that some of the information I have requested might 'perhaps' be covered by parts of s 31 of the FOIA. As the ICO has pointed out, however, s 10(3) only permits extensions for further consideration of the public interest, and therefore the additional time cannot be used to determine whether the exemptions themselves are engaged. I request that the MoJ make clear the exemptions for which it is using this additional time to apply the public interest test.

I would like the internal review to conside both of these matters.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...

Yours faithfully,

Jack Maxwell

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Maxwell,

 

Please find attached the MOJ’s acknowledgment of your IR response.

 

Regards.

 

 

[1]Ministry of Disclosure Team
Justice
Address: Post Point 10.38,  10th Floor, 102 Petty France,
London SW1H 9AJ

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

3 Atodiad

 

Dear Mr Maxwell.

 

Please find attached ( first attachment ) correspondence from the MOJ
notifying you that we require more time to work on the PIT argument for
exemption 31(f) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience in this matter.

 

 

Regards.

 

 

[1]Ministry of Disclosure Team
Justice
Address: Post Point 10.38,  10th Floor, 102 Petty France,
London SW1H 9AJ

Follow us on Twitter [2]@MoJGovUK

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Maxwell,

 

Please find attached the MOJ’s response to your Internal Review request
for FOI 200324002.

 

Regards.

 

 

[1]Ministry of Disclosure Team
Justice
Address: Post Point 10.38,  10th Floor, 102 Petty France,
London SW1H 9AJ

Follow us on Twitter [2]@MoJGovUK

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

7 Atodiad

 

Dear Mr Maxwell,

 

Please find attached the MOJ’s reply to your FOI request of the 24^th
March 2020.

 

Thank You for your patience in this matter.

 

Regards.

 

 

[1]Ministry of Disclosure Team
Justice
Address: Post Point 10.38,  10th Floor, 102 Petty France,
London SW1H 9AJ

Follow us on Twitter [2]@MoJGovUK

 

 

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