How artificial intelligence is transforming the criminal justice system.
Many of us are familiar with the idea that artificial intelligence systems are regularly making benign decisions, like recommendations on Netflix or Amazon. What about decisions that have a significant impact on someone’s life though? Should AI systems be used in life-changing situations, like criminal sentencing?
Man vs Machine Learning: Criminal Justice in the 21st Century
At any point in time America has over 700,000 people in jail, drawn disproportionately from low-income and minority groups. We require judges to make decisions about whether to release or jail someone awaiting trial based on a prediction of the defendant’s risk, but to help the judges with this task we give them access to the same technologies
Artificial Intelligence Is Now Used to Predict Crime. But Is It Biased?
Perhaps the most public taint of that perception came with a 2016 ProPublica investigation that concluded that the data driving an AI system used by judges to determine if a convicted criminal is likely to commit more crimes appeared to be biased against minorities. Northpointe, the company that created the algorithm, known as COMPAS…
AI for Crime Prevention and Detection – 5 Current Applications
There is good reason why companies and government are both interested in trying to use AI in this manner. As of 2010, the United States spent over $80 billion a year on incarations at the state, local, and federal levels. Estimates put the United States’ total spending on law enforcement at over $100 billion a year. Law enforcement and prisons make up a substantial percentage of local government budgets.