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Can computer profiles cut crime?

Can computer algorithms identify future victims of crime and tell us where and when crimes will happen? David Edmonds asks whether algorithms can make us safer.

David Edmonds examines how algorithms are used in our criminal justice system, from predicting future crime to helping decide who does and doesn’t go to prison.

While police forces hope computer software will help them to assess risk and reduce crime, civil rights groups fear that it could entrench bias and discrimination.

Analysis asks if these new computer tools will transform policing - and whether we need new laws to regulate them.

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Jonathan Dowey, business intelligence manager, Avon and Somerset Police
Hannah Couchman, Advocacy and Policy Officer, Liberty
Professor Lawrence Sherman, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
Bryanna Fox, Associate Professor of Criminology University of South Florida
Dame Glenys Stacey, The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
Jamie Grace, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University

Producer: Diane Richardson
Editor: Jasper Corbett

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