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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