Moneyballing criminal justice

One of the problems of justice systems everywhere is that they depend on subjectivity and have near zero data-mining expertise. Because of that, tons of money are wasted in keeping low-risk offenders in jail.

As the attorney general for New Jersey, Anne Milgram changed the panorama of her state’s criminal justice system. By applying statistics to create projections, she devised a dashboard to single out the worst offenders and make sure that they were prosecuted. By applying Moneyball concepts, her methods minimized subjetive decisions, lowered costs and optimized the justice system.


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