In Wisconsin, a Backlash Against Using Data to Foretell Defendants’ Futures

“Many law enforcement agencies use software to predict potential crime hot spots, and the police in Kansas City, Mo., and other places have used data to identify potential criminals and to try to intervene.

“This is just the next innovation of crime analysis — trying to get ahead of the problem, trying to predict where problems occur before they actually occur,” said Eric L. Piza, an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who studies predictive policing.

In Chicago, where there has been a sharp rise in violent crime this year, the police have used an algorithm to compile a list of people most likely to shoot or be shot. Over Memorial Day weekend, when 64 people were shot in Chicago, the police said 50 of the victims were on that list.”

Via NY Times


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