# ALEX Classroom Resource

## How Do Algorithms Predict Criminal Behavior?

Classroom Resource Information

Title:

How Do Algorithms Predict Criminal Behavior?

URL:

https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/criminal-justice-kqed/how-do-algorithms-predict-criminal-behavior-above-the-noise/support-materials/

Content Source:

PBS
Type: Audio/Video

Overview:

It’s no big secret that the United States has a prison problem. We lock up people at higher rates than any other nation, and there are huge racial disparities in who we lock up. According to a study from The Sentencing Project, in state prisons, African Americans are incarcerated 5 times more than whites. There are lots of reasons why we may see these racial disparities, including law enforcement practices, crime rates, and punitive sentencing policies. Keeping so many people in prison is really expensive-- it costs about \$80 billion dollars a year-- and it contributes to racial inequalities in America. As a result, there’s a big push among both Democrats and Republicans to reform our prison system. And one popular strategy many people advocate for as part of this reform effort is risk assessment tools. The tools use data to predict whether a person will commit a future crime. This video explores how these tools work and some of the controversy surrounding their use. This video comes with a student viewing guide.

Content Standard(s):
 Digital Literacy and Computer Science DLIT (2018) Grade: 7 30) Apply the problem-solving process to solve real-world problems. Unpacked Content Evidence Of Student Attainment:Students will: define a problem. analyze the problem. seek multiple solutions to the problem. evaluate possible solutions to the problem. select a best solution to the problem. seek feedback on the solution.Teacher Vocabulary:problem-solving processKnowledge:Students know: the steps to the problem-solving process.Skills:Students are able to: select and dissect a problem. seek solutions. select a best alternative.Understanding:Students understand that: often there are multiple solutions to realworld problems. Digital Literacy and Computer Science DLIT (2018) Grade: 8 5) Discuss the efficiency of an algorithm or technology used to solve complex problems. Unpacked Content Evidence Of Student Attainment:Students will: examine a given artifact used to aid in problem solving. discuss the efficiency of that artifact in problem solving.Knowledge:Students know: that many solutions exist to solve a problem.Skills:Students are able to: communicate their opinion on the efficiency of problem solving methods.Understanding:Students understand that: while many solutions exist for a problem, some are better suited to meet specific needs, such as efficiency.
Tags: algorithm, digital tools, problem, technology
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