Friday, April 25, 2014

Data Helping To Fight Crime

In her role as the District Attorney of New Jersey, Anne Milgram found the crime fighting arena to be horribly inefficient.  For example, she recalls a time when an individual was arrested and held on a bail amount of $3,500 dollars and was unable to pay that amount.  As a result, he stayed in jail until his case was heard eight months later, which cost the public over $9,000 dollars.  Believing that data could help, Ms. Milgram developed a tool to help correct this, making crime fighting a data driven activity.  This is a great example of somebody who is taking data and turning it into something that is truly valuable.  She describes this experience in this TED talk.

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