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Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age

Bernard E. Harcourt

Abstract

From random security checks at airports to the use of risk assessment in sentencing, actuarial methods are being used more than ever to determine whom law enforcement officials target and punish. And with the exception of racial profiling on our highways and streets, most people favor these methods because they believe they are a more cost-effective way to fight crime. This book challenges this growing reliance on actuarial methods. These prediction tools, the author demonstrates, may in fact increase the overall amount of crime in society, depending on the relative responsiveness of the profi ... More

Keywords: random security checks, airports, risk assessment, sentencing, law enforcement officials, racial profiling, actuarial methods, prediction tools, crime, minorities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226316130
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226315997.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard E. Harcourt, author