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‘Minority Report’ Is Real — And It’s Really Reporting Minorities

This article was originally posted on and written by Jack Smith, Malkia Cyril is quoted in the article. 


“One hundred percent of the time, the suggested intervention at a hotspot is more police, and there’s a lack of imagination or interest in any other possible approach,” Cyril told Mic. “It gives police a one-dimensional view of what’s happening in a community.”


She says that in other hands, predictive maps could be a more empathetic, effective guideline for other kinds of services: social services, community assistance, job training — things that are proven to reduce crime in a community without police intervention.

“People keep turning to technology like it’s a savior,” Cyril said. “But you can’t insert technology into inequality and expect it not to produce inequality.”

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