Posted on October 29, 2018
Crimes are something that no country tolerates, and they do all they can to prevent crimes and keep their residents and citizens safe. If we look at the statistics crime rates are consistently on the fall, which is a boon for society. The credit goes to all the law enforcement and everyone involved who work day and night to keep this country safe. If we compare the crime rates from the 1990’s to now there is surely decreased, and along with time surely the quality of law enforcement has improved but what has also improved parallelly is the technology that is been used in this area. Technology has advanced so much in the past few years that officials are now able to predict crimes and stop them before they happen. Officials use things such as facial recognition and the large databases that they have, coupled with predictive policing, to always remain a step ahead of the criminals. But what is not considered is whether these tools are ethical or not.
The working thesis I have come up with is, “Even though predicting crimes may not be ethical as it involves the infringement of civil liberties and perpetuates racial profiling, it is still an important to tool to preventing crimes and keep our society safe.” These days there so many set notions in our minds that certain people because of the way they look like and what they behave like, makes us think negatively towards them and we assume that they might be out there to do something wrong. This in plain terms is very unethical and it’s like the old, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” But sometimes or assumptions might be true, and that person might be harmful. So even though predictive crimes can be unethical it is still essential. I arrived at this topic because of a common trend that we have going around The United States, where some people are so quick to assume that if a person is Muslim he might be a terrorist. But again, law enforcement officials cannot deny the fact that he is Muslim and can make a few assumptions due to the ongoing situation in the Middle East.
Before I arrived at this topic I had even brainstormed about “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” at universities and whether it is right for businesses to deny an individual service based on their religion. But I wasn’t really interested in them. I wrote down a topic I was interested in which is Crimes and Criminology. Then I just used Krause’s technique of Brainstorming using computers and found this on an article and decided to stick with it for now. There are some resources I have looked up which include newspaper articles from papers such New York Times, Business Insider and The Brennan Center. In our libraries database there are quite a few articles on racial profiling linked to the justice system which will be helpful in writing this essay.