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+ - Innocent Until Predicted Guilty 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Techdirt reports that IBM is helping Florida predict just how delinquent your child's going to be. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has decided to start using IBM predictive analytics software to help them determine which of the 85,000 kids who enter their system each year poses the biggest future threat. From IBM's sales pitch: '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.' Welcome to life on the Smarter Planet, kids!"
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Innocent Until Predicted Guilty

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  • There are traits the can reveal an intention in a statistical sense; however, I am not aware of how this can apply significantly to the individual (other than on the TV). Also should such predictive power be only used by the criminal justice system? I would imagine that if true prevention was intended to take place with our juveniles then this should involve skilled psychologists etc. not just the criminal justice system, since help is better than harm!
  • Reminds me of this []

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil