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Who will commit juvenile crime?: Florida purchases ‘predictive’ software to identify at-risk youth

Who will commit juvenile crime?: Florida purchases ‘predictive’ software to identify at-risk youth
Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel, May 16, 2010

Is it possible to identify young offenders most likely to commit a crime in the future, and then intervene to stop it?

Yes, answer officials at the state Department of Juvenile Justice in touting a new system of “predictive analytics” that would steer at-risk juveniles to specific treatment programs designed to keep them from becoming adult criminals.

But the state’s purchase of the $15,000 software package from IBM has alarmed some juvenile-justice experts who fear the program could unfairly label individuals and target minorities. (Read the full article)