Predictive Policing in Florida threatening Human Rights

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A Florida sheriff’s department is enrolling residents who’ve committed crimes into a program that subjects them to more police and government scrutiny—and giving them a letter that civil rights advocates called “patronizing and offensive.”

The new program is part of a broader pattern of policing in Pasco County, which is located near Tampa, using data and surveillance in a distinctly “Minority Report”-like fashion. Over the past several years, the department has used those methods to crack down on those who’ve already been through the system, and in some cases, those who haven’t even committed crimes. 

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