Before you jump to conclusions about the future of criminal justice reform in 2018, you might want to examine the arguments of some of the nation’s leading scholars. Here are seven books certain to influence this year’s policy debates–and some additional ones suggested by TCR readers.
The criminal justice system is increasingly relying on algorithms to prevent crime and punish wrongdoers. Law professor Andrew Ferguson warns in a new book that it’s time to take a close look before these systems are locked in.
Critics charge that despite claims of objectivity, algorithms reproduce existing biases, disproportionately targeting people by class, race, and gender. Reformers say another New York City bill, the Right to Know Act, doesn’t go far enough.
The ability to predict crimes before they happen has long been a topic of fascination for science fiction writers and filmmakers. But in real life, the data feeding predictive algorithms is riddled with problems, according to a researcher at the UC Davis School of Law.
By one count, 20 of the nation’s 50 largest police forces are using computer algorithms to predict where crime might occur and who will be a victim and perpetrator. Some see it as the future of policing. Others question its legitimacy and are nettled by civil rights questions.
Can machines predict where crimes occur before human beings do? Will the technology be used in unbiased ways? How will these devices affect privacy? As concerns grow over what are called predictive-policing methods and their effect on Americans, one thing is clear: these new crime-fighting tools are not only being implemented around the country; they are increasing in sophistication and scope. Technology such as PredPol, which runs crime reports through an algorithm to discover locations with a high probability of […]