US states using 'Minority Report-style' software to predict future criminals

London, Jan 12 (ANI): Law enforcers in two American states are using crime-prediction software to predict which freed prisoners are most likely to commit crime, a report has said.

Instead of relying on parole officers to decide how much supervision inmates will need on the outside by looking at their records, the new system uses a computer algorithm to decide for them.

The software, which was shown in Tom Cruise starring film 'Minority Report', is being used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict future murderers, and will be extended to Washington D.C. soon, the Daily Mail reports.

Professor Richard Berk, a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who developed the software, who believes it will reduce the murder rate and those of other crimes.

Prof. Berk told ABC News that his algorithm could be used to help set bail amounts and also decide sentences in the future, and it could also be modified to predict lesser crimes.

According to the report, he said pointed out that currently parole officers are using their own judgment to decide what level of supervision each parolee should have, based on their criminal record.

Prof. Berk said that his software replaces that 'ad-hoc' decision making, and should identify eight future murderers out of 100. (ANI)


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