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Minority Report has arrived:
Maryland and Pennsylvania using
computers to predict future crimes

Daily Mail [UK], by Harriet Arkell

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Posted By:PChristopher, 1/12/2013 1:07:14 AM

When police in Minority Report predicted who would commit crimes and stopped them before they did it, it was considered so futuristic, the film was set in 2054. Now, however, law enforcers in two American states are using crime-prediction software to predict which freed prisoners are most likely to commit murder, and supervising them accordingly. Instead of relying on parole officers to decide how much supervision inmates will need on the outside by looking at their records, the new system uses a computer algorithm to decide for them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: razorx22, 1/12/2013 1:55:20 AM     (No. 9111994)

will this program be colorblind?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/12/2013 2:22:17 AM     (No. 9112007)

Some 15-16 years ago, I was astonished to discover that probation officers in Durham, NC, checked on their clients by driving up to the address then phoning and instructing the parolee to step outside the door so he/she could be seen. This, apparently, was enough information to show that the parolee was behaving.

I have no idea if this check method is still in use but it was for the subsequent eight years we lived in Durham.

Another thought--when I first began in the crime field, an FBI speaker said one thing that has stuck in my mind ever since: 90 percent of the crimes come from 10 percent of the addresses. I think we know it as "racial profiling" now. I wonder how those running the software will explain a racist computer?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/12/2013 6:36:09 AM     (No. 9112094)

First they start with parolees; next they come for you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/12/2013 6:38:24 AM     (No. 9112098)

Forgot to add that a Minority Report should be mandatory for every wannabe and current politician. Start with fraud, then go on to corruption as factors.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/12/2013 10:49:19 AM     (No. 9112504)

There are a number of particularly strong indicators of potential future criminals:

1) a record of voting Republican

2) a registered firearm or a concealed handgun license

3) a history of posting on conservative sites

4) .....

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