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March 18th, 2019 | by

Anne Milgram: Finding Justice Through Data

• Anne Milgram, a pioneer in applying data to law enforcement and criminal justice, joined me for a “Q Factor” podcast.
• The former New Jersey Attorney General described how analysis of data is being used to help make police work and criminal justice more fair and efficient.
• To learn more about how data is shaking up law enforcement, listen to Milgram’s podcast.

Few areas are escaping the influence of data, statistics, and quantitative analysis—the theme of “The Q Factor,” my podcast series. To understand how data is being used to reform and improve the law- enforcement and criminal-justice systems, I recently spoke to Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey and a pioneer in bringing the power of data to bear in fighting crime, improving the efficiency of criminal justice, and making our communities safer.

Milgram, who is also a law professor at NYU School of Law, explains how data analysis is increasingly being marshalled to, for instance, predict when and where crimes will be committed, information which can be used to guide police patrols; and inform pre-trial decisions about posting bail and post-trial need for incarceration. She also relates why it often makes sense to tie information from the health care and even the education system into law enforcement and criminal justice. To learn more about this sector’s intriguing and rapidly evolving application of data, I invite you to listen to my podcast.

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