Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata (the CA overcrowded prisons case), Professor Shima Baradaran penned an op-ed for the NY Times presenting her ideas about how CA and other states could go about reducing prison populations.  She suggests “reform[ing] the rules governing pretrial detention, in part by using formulas to help judges better determine which defendants are unlikely to commit crimes while on bail.”  Her solutions stem from a study she recently completed with economist Frank McIntyre entitled Predicting Violence.