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Jeffrey Warren on Sun, 18 Apr 2010 15:13:43 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> IBMs crime prediction software used to assign 'treatment' to juveniles in Florida

Important to be clear that this is not *neighborhood* predictions, like
Crimespotting, which have problems of their own, but predictions about
whether a *person* will commit a crime.



announced that the Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice
selected IBM predictive analytics software to reduce recidivism by
determining which juveniles are likely to reoffend. Identified at-risk
youth can then be placed in programs specific to the best course of
treatment to ensure offenders do not re-enter the juvenile justice
system. ...

IBM recently also announced that the Ministry of Justice in the
United Kingdom uses predictive analytics to assess the likelihood
of prisoners reoffending upon their release to help improve public
safety. With predictive technology from IBM, the Ministry of Justice
is analyzing hidden trends and patterns within the data. IBM SPSS
predictive analytics has helped identify whether offenders with
specific problems such as drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to
reoffend than other prisoners.


Deepak Advani, vice president of predictive analytics at IBM, said,
“Predictive analytics gives government organizations worldwide a
highly-sophisticated and intelligent source to create safer communities by
identifying, predicting, responding to and preventing criminal activities.
It gives the criminal justice system the ability to draw upon the wealth of
data available to detect patterns, make reliable projections and then take
the appropriate action in real time to combat crime and protect citizens.”

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