SpotCrime Weekly Reads: AI in policing, violent crime rate, prison reform

Addressing the inaccuracies of predictive AI in policing, Boston looks at new way behind parking tickets, ceasefire in Baltimore working?, changing course in addressing overdoses, and more...


This Tiny Louisiana Police Force Is a National Leader in Taking Guns From Abusers (The Trace)

St. Paul police adopt policy changing how emergency calls are prioritized  (KMSP)

D.C. issues record $1 billion in traffic and parking tickets, AAA calls it 'predatory' (WJLA) see also: Boston parking proposal: Adjust tickets based on driver's income (WCVB)

Video: Orlando Cops Arrest Crying Six-Year-Old Girl One of the officers was fired after arresting two six-year-olds in one day. (

LAPD not giving up on data-driven policing, even after scrapping controversial program (CBS News)


Internal documents, whistleblowers point to alleged underreporting of crime by DC Police (WUSA)

With initiative to curb fear of violent crime, Austin’s Downtown Commission recommends full staffing of police (Community Impact Newspaper)

Mayor, HPD, announce new measures to fight violent crime spike (Houston Chronicle)

Study: Community-driven Ceasefire weekends effective in reducing violence in Baltimore (Baltimore Fishbowl)

UChicago Crime Lab and Chicago Sports Alliance Cooperate to Address Gun Violence in Chicago (The Chicago Maroon)

Surge in Indianapolis crime follows trend of other Midwest cities, IU professor says (WISH TV)


Predictive AI is a biased tool in a flawed criminal justice system: Brookings Institution panel (The Sociable) see also: Is artificial intelligence making racial profiling worse? (CBS News)

City Council and NYPD spar over DNA database (NY Daily News)

How Old Is a Fingerprint Found at a Crime Scene? Chemists Developed a Way to Measure (SciTechDaily)


‘Without access to public records, there is no accountability’: A denial for ShotSpotter requests (WBRC)


Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis Moving from Punishment to Harm Reduction and Health (

Lawsuit: Man Held In Sacramento Jail For 27 Days With No Charges (CBS Sacramento)

Texas plans to close 2 state prisons amid population decline (Associated Press)

Pierce County targets repeat offenders by data mining crime stats (KOMO News)


Judge sentences man who shot Pennsylvania state trooper on Route 33 to 53½ to 110 years (The Morning Call)

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