Read at www.fastcompany.com
Predictive policing, a technology used to analyze crime data and predict future criminal activity, has faced criticism for its ineffectiveness and bias. Despite this, the Department of Justice has continued to fund this technology, prompting senators to call for a halt in funding. Questions about the use and impact of predictive policing technology have gone unanswered by the Department of Justice. This raises broader concerns about the department's role in funding surveillance technologies.
Predictive policing has been shown to be an ineffective and biased policing tool...
The National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Department of Justice, provides funding for grants and pilot projects related to predictive policing. Since 2009, it has granted $10 million for such projects. The flow of federal dollars to technology companies, police departments, and academics is benefitting from the funding of surveillance technologies.
The National Institute of Justice, the DOJ's research, development, and evaluation arm, regularly provides seed money for grants and pilot projects to test out ideas like predictive policing...