Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an by Bernard E. Harcourt

By Bernard E. Harcourt

From random safeguard assessments at airports to using hazard evaluation in sentencing, actuarial equipment are getting used greater than ever to figure out whom police officers objective and punish. And aside from racial profiling on our highways and streets, most folks desire those equipment simply because they suspect they’re a less expensive option to struggle crime.

In Against Prediction, Bernard E. Harcourt demanding situations this turning out to be reliance on actuarial equipment. those prediction instruments, he demonstrates, may perhaps in reality increase the general quantity of crime in society, looking on the relative responsiveness of the profiled populations to heightened safeguard. they could additionally worsen the problems that minorities have already got acquiring paintings, schooling, and a greater caliber of life—thus perpetuating the development of felony habit. finally, Harcourt indicates how the perceived luck of actuarial equipment has all started to distort our very perception of simply punishment and to vague trade visions of social order. in preference to the actuarial, he proposes in its place a flip to randomization in punishment and policing. The presumption, Harcourt concludes, could be against prediction.

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