Portraits in Risk

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James Doyle

Many in the justice reform community advocate for a new focus on identifying and intercepting future risks as the organizing criminal justice principle.

Rather than wait for the next victimization and only then impose sanctions for misconduct, they argue that predictive algorithms  should be used to  compute a score; then, handle the locations or the suspects (or defendants, or probationers) according to the scores they have earned.

The algorithms  offer a way to  anticipate and prevent crimes, rather than just . . .

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