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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 10:07 PM

Gun crime tech 'failed to save lives' in Chicago

Source: BBC

Gun crime tech 'failed to save lives' in Chicago

22 August 2016 Technology

An attempt to use software to help prevent gun crime in Chicago did not save lives, according to a study.

In 2013, the city's police began using algorithms to create a list of people deemed to be most at risk of being shot dead.

But the effort had no impact on homicide rates, the report said. Rather, those on the list were more likely to face arrest themselves.

The police defended the tech saying its predictive power has since improved.

The report was carried out by the Rand Corporation, a public policy-focused research body, and was published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37154918

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Related: Predictions put into practice: a quasi-experimental evaluation of Chicago’s predictive policing pilot (Journal of Experimental Criminology)

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