Joseph Young

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Pennsylvania, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9445

Approve Date

April 18, 2017

Project Title

Young, Joseph L., U. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - To aid research on 'Peopling the 'Risk Terrain': The Techno-politics of Predictive Policing in Atlantic City, NJ,' supervised by Dr. Adriana Petryna

Preliminary abstract: New predictive policing technologies forecast geospatial crime patterns that guide proactive policing strategies for crime prevention. The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investing millions of dollars into these technologies. Proponents of data-driven policing view these developments as emblematic of evidence-based best practices and ‘smart’ governance through risk management, while dissenters voice concerns over the potential for these technologies to reinforce discriminatory enforcement, particularly in economically marginalized communities of color. Through such controversies, the techno-politics of predictive policing emerges as a salient terrain for the articulation, contestation, and negotiation of current political debates surrounding policing in the United States. This study seeks to elucidate the processes by which implementation of one such technology, Risk Terrain Modeling, by the Atlantic City Police Department is reconfiguring police practice, engendering emergent publics, and reshaping urban infrastructures and the experiences of people who inhabit them.