"A recent decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to transfer several hundred immigrants from detention to more cost-effective forms of supervision fueled a public outcry. The stated reason for those releases were looming sequester cuts. In recent months, however, ICE has quietly shifted to using a new instrument to make custody decisions. The new tool is called the Risk Classification Assessment, and it is supposed be fully implemented nationwide this year. The agency has released limited information about the instrument. Those who have knowledge of the tool say it is an automated, computerized system developed by a criminal justice expert to guide ICE officers. It determines whether an immigrant facing deportation should be locked up for the duration of those court proceedings, or should be let out on bond, or on a supervision program, like an ankle bracelet." - Jude Joffe-Block, Mar. 7, 2013.