Canadian Journal of Philosophy:1-17 (forthcoming)

Renee Jorgensen
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Law-enforcement agencies are increasingly able to leverage crime statistics to make risk predictions for particular individuals, employing a form of inference some condemn as violating the right to be "treated as an individual". I suggest that the right encodes agents' entitlement to fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of the rule of law. Rather than precluding statistical prediction, it requires that citizens be able to anticipate which variables will be used as predictors, and act intentionally to avoid them. Furthermore, it condemns reliance on various indexes of distributive injustice, or unchosen properties, as evidence of law-breaking.
Keywords algorithms  data ethics  predictive policing  rule of law  statistical evidence  ai  right to be treated as an individual  profiling
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DOI 10.1017/can.2021.28
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Algorithms and the Individual in Criminal Law – Corrigendum.Renée Jorgensen - forthcoming - Canadian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.

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