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Real Life Magazine | 08.29.16

Broken Windows, Broken Code

R. Joshua Scannell

D&S researcher Josh Scannell wrote an extensive analysis of predictive policing algorithms, showing that, while they were not built to be racist, they mirror a racist system.

Northpointe’s algorithms will always be racist, not because their engineers may be bad but because these systems accurately reflect the logic and mechanics of the carceral state — mechanics that have been digitized and sped up by the widespread implementation of systems like CompStat.

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