December 21, 2016

Predictive Policing Isn’t About the Future

It's about the past.

Logan Koepke


In this piece for Slate, Logan argues that popular analysis of predictive policing systems too often focuses on their predictions about the future, and less about the historical data upon which they rely. Hopefully, in the coming decade vendors will construct more thoughtful feedback loops in their systems; look to incorporate other, less biased sources of data; conduct racial impact assessments by default; and focus less on enforcement-based metrics of success. But if the systems continue to be applied as they are today, predictive policing isn’t the true future of law enforcement. If anything, it’s just the policing status quo, cast in a new name.

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