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Artificial Intelligence in the Criminal Justice System: Demystifying artificial intelligence, its applications, and potential risks

Published August 2020

Artificial Intelligence in the Criminal Justice System: Demystifying artificial intelligence, its applications, and potential risks

This technology brief is the first in a four-part series that explores artificial intelligence (AI) applications within the criminal justice system. This first brief frames AI, defines common AI terms, and offers a mental model for identifying AI use cases within the criminal justice system. While this brief provides examples of how AI might bring significant benefit to the criminal justice system, it also highlights risks that decision makers should consider when developing or deploying AI tools. Additional briefs provide greater consideration of AI in law enforcement, the criminal courts system, and corrections.

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