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In May, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told a City Council meeting that predictive policing “is real and it is here.” These predictive tools have arrived at a time when police surveillance of social networks and online behavior has become endemic. According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2009 there were 15 violent crimes per 1,000 people over the age of 12, down from 51.2 per 1,000 in 1994. During the same period, the US incarceration rate has more than doubled, capping a decades long increase with more than 2.4 million currently imprisoned.



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