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Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Motherboard: Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol.

“PredPol's boxes are chosen using only the what, when, and where of incidents that have already occurred in your city,” a PredPol document titled “How predictable is crime,” and shared with the city of Tacoma, reads. “We take anywhere from 3-10 years of crime data and run the relevant points of information through our algorithm. Long and short term trends, recurring events, and environmental factors are all taken into account.”

...Police training documents made public earlier this year through a freedom of information request by digital rights group Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that the company enables a "broken windows" policing strategy, which argues that petty crimes should be heavily policed and prosecuted. There is little evidence that a broken windows policing strategy—which is based on a non-scientific editorial published in The Atlantic in 1982—is effective in widespread crime reductions in cities.

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