Do US campus ‘crime labs’ hurt the communities they seek to help?

From Times Higher Education: “Efforts by US universities to cut local crime rates may be backfiring in places … The initiatives include the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago; the Justice Collaboratory and the Center for Policing Equity, both at Yale University; the Criminal Justice Lab at New York University … But outside experts are concerned, contending that the data-based policing strategies blossoming in academia are ultimately worsening conditions for low-income minority communities, by emphasising them as hotbeds of criminal activity, bringing them dangerously increased attention from armed governmental forces, and shortcutting more holistic and peaceful solutions to the inequities plaguing them.”

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