Opening the “Black Box” of Criminal Justice Data

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The federal government should develop a framework to collect digital data that is now being gathered by police monitoring equipment, crime databases and body cameras in local and state jurisdictions, according to a proposal forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal.

Unlocking this digital “black box” by reporting anonymized criminal justice data would allow researchers and policy makers to “more effectively study the system as a whole,” argues Samuel R. Wiseman, a professor at the Florida State University . . .

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