SpotCrime Weekly Reads: gun violence, AI and machine learning, FBI crime data

Media coverage of gun violence, can crime be predicted with AI and machine learning, lack of facial recognition laws, SpotCrime's FOIA testimony, open data to transform and engage communities, and more...


Beyond crime rates and community surveys: a new approach to police accountability and performance measurement (Crime Science Journal)

IRS Claims to Have Identified “Dozens” of New Crypto Criminals (Inside Bitcoins)

Detailed look into Winston-Salem Police Department’s need for gunfire detection system (MyFox8)

Can We Trust the FBI's Crime Estimation Procedures? (

Lessons to learn from a school resource officer (PressHerald)

Portland police chief walks out of meeting as school board asks for more time on body camera issue (PressHerald)


Bias, Sensationalism Distort Media Coverage of Gun Violence, Conference Told (TheCrimeReport)

Chicago gun violence, drug cartel mayhem fueled by straw purchases (ABC7 Chicago)

Study: Hunting deer with rifles doesn’t increase gun violence (The Highland County Press)

'I want to actually see the money' | Residents are cautiously optimistic about Cure Violence program (KSDK)

Dallas homicide rate up 21 percent in 2019 (Fox 4 KDFW)

Illegal Pot Operations In Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water (WNTC)


"The trouble is, no machine can be better than its underlying training data". Big Tech Tries to Fight Racist and Sexist Data (Mind Matters News)

Can crime be predicted with AI/ML? (

Demonstrators scan public faces in DC to show lack of facial recognition laws (CNet)


This tool uses open data to create a comprehensive look at gun violence in Philadelphia ( Philly)

Smart Cities, Civic Engagement, Big Data

SpotCrime's testimony on Kansas FOIA law changes (SpotCrime Blog)

The power of open data to transform and engage communities: A call for ideas (The Knight Foundation)


Young Adult Prison Reform Initiative Expands to Three New States (Vera Institute of Justice)


Florida man driving recklessly tells cops he 'needed to get home in a hurry because he was cheating on his wife'(Newsweek)

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