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Software Predicts Bad Behavior and Future Criminals: Your Thoughts?

Back in 2002 Tom Cruise starred in a futuristic film called Minority Report, this film has a far-fetched plot where criminals were caught before they committed a crime, however a University of Pennsylvania professor now claims that he has developed software that can do just this (to an extent).

As you would expect details are scarce, however we are informed that the software predicts criminal behavior by looking at past offenses.

Personally I am very skeptical of this software, obviously there is probably a correlation between the repeat offenders in the past becoming more serious criminals in the future, however there are always criminals who straighten out there lives.

Apparently this software examines roughly two dozen variables to see if a suspect is likely to have committed the particular crime or commit a crime in the future, it must be pretty effective as it is used by parole officers in Philadelphia and Baltimore to determine how much supervision is needed for parolees.

What do you make of this news? Do you think parole officers should use this software?

Source: PostChronicle

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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