Posts tagged "crime"

Government bureaucracies, as opposed to casual friendships, are seldom in danger from too much information. That is why a new initiative by the New York City comptroller, Scott Stringer, to use copious amounts of data to save money and solve problems, makes such intuitive sense.

Called ClaimStat, it seeks to collect and analyze information on the thousands of lawsuits and claims filed each year against the city. By identifying patterns in payouts and trouble-prone agencies and neighborhoods, the program is supposed to reduce the cost of claims the way CompStat, the fabled data-tracking program pioneered by the New York Police Department, reduces crime.

Better Governing Through Data - NYTimes.com
“You can think of rape and sexual assault as the darkest of the dark figure of crime,” said Candace Kruttschnitt, a sociologist at the University of Toronto who is co-chairing a panel of researchers who are advising the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics on its victimization surveys.
Rape: the Darkest Dark Figure of Crime - The Numbers Guy - WSJ

Uncounted in the official tallies are the hundreds of thousands of crimes that take place in the country’s prison system, a vast and growing residential network whose forsaken tenants increasingly bear the brunt of America’s propensity for anger and violence.

Crime has not fallen in the United States—it’s been shifted.

n 1: Raise the Crime Rate
We use data from a unique survey of members of drug-trafficking gangs in favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to characterize drug-trafficking jobs and study the selection into gangs, analyzing what distinguishes gang-members from other youth living in favelas.
Your probability of death if you join a Brazilian gang is 20% over two years | Chris Blattman
The takeaway from that is that not just the Malawi murder but all the UNODC data supposedly derived from public health sources is questionable. I’m not trying to claim that these statistics were necessarily faked intentionally. I can imagine a number of ways they could have been screwed up by mistake.
Can the UNODC’s Murder Statistics be Trusted? | Ceteris Non Paribus
Teachers versus armed civilians in mass murder prevention « Urban ethics and theory — screams ‘coding exercise for undergrads’ to me too, as do many of the posts I tag with ‘measurement’ (via Cosma Shalizi).

Teachers versus armed civilians in mass murder prevention « Urban ethics and theory — screams ‘coding exercise for undergrads’ to me too, as do many of the posts I tag with ‘measurement’ (via Cosma Shalizi).

datahacker:

prisons, correctional facilities, and jails in america. circle radius determined by (absolute) facility population (max=9796). huge thanks to the creator of prisonmap, josh begley, for discussing his project with me and giving me tips on scraping the data from prisoners of the census.

datahacker:

prisons, correctional facilities, and jails in america. circle radius determined by (absolute) facility population (max=9796). huge thanks to the creator of prisonmap, josh begley, for discussing his project with me and giving me tips on scraping the data from prisoners of the census.

“In the chart below, you can see how murder rates vary across the month.  The relate daily mortality risk is about 10% higher on payday than it is for the rest of the month, and a little bit higher for 4 days after payday.” (via Income, health, and payday deaths | Inequalities)

“In the chart below, you can see how murder rates vary across the month. The relate daily mortality risk is about 10% higher on payday than it is for the rest of the month, and a little bit higher for 4 days after payday.” (via Income, health, and payday deaths | Inequalities)