Jump to Navigation

What practical effects would crime predicting software inspire?

Every major television network broadcasts programs centered on detectives, forensic experts and other professionals whose job responsibilities include solving crime and predicting criminal behavior. Certainly, law enforcement and other crime experts must engage in behavior analysis in order to do their jobs. But these programs tend to overly romanticize a very complex subject, as this sort of analysis can trample the rights of Americans if taken too far or approached in inappropriate ways.

New software currently being used in some eastern jurisdictions illustrates the complexity of criminal behavior prediction analysis especially well. This software aims to predict the potentially criminal actions of former offenders of violent crimes before they occur. While there is obvious benefit to law enforcement in engaging in such analysis, acting on this analysis could potentially compromise an individual's right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Currently, the software is being used to track and predict behavior of individuals on parole. The idea is that by using predictive software, the level of attention and effort exerted by parole officers with regard to any given parolee can be tailored accordingly. The prediction analysis is reached by using an algorithm constructed from roughly two dozen distinct variables.

By determining an individuals' geographic location, age at which the individual committed former offenses, criminal record and other factors, the software can allegedly predict whether or not the offender is likely to reoffend. Again, this predictive technology may be somewhat helpful to law enforcement, but it may also potentially pigeonhole parolees and compromise their rights in various ways.

Source: The Mary Sue, "Minority Report precog-like software being tested in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict crimes," Jill Pantozzi, Jan. 12, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell us about Your Case:

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

Visit Our Blog Read Our Reviews About Hiring an Attorney

Moses and Rooth

Call Us Now: 407-377-0150

Orlando Law Office

Downtown Orlando Office

Moses and Rooth
Attorneys at Law
115 Granada Court
Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: 407-377-0150
Fax: 407-377-0160
Orlando Law Office Map

Volusia County Office

Moses and Rooth
Attorneys at Law
1109-A N. Dixie Freeway
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Phone: 386-428-3535
Fax: 407-377-0160
New Smyrna Beach Law Office Map

Meet Our Attorneys