August 31, 2016

Stuck in a Pattern

Early Evidence on “Predictive Policing” and Civil Rights

David Robinson and Logan Koepke


We find that at least 20 of the nation’s 50 largest police forces have used a predictive policing system, with at least an additional 11 actively exploring options to do so. Vendors shield the technology in secrecy, and informed public debate is rare. Early research findings suggest that these systems may not actually make people safer.

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