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Google pledges to help initiate criminal justice reform

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As a company, Google isn't one to shy away from political topics. It's come out in support of gender equality, immigrants (opens in new tab), and now it's taking a stance against mass incarceration.

Google.org, in particular, has pledged to donate $11.5 million in grants to organizations across the country working on reforming the criminal justice system. From the official blog post:

We believe better data can be can be part of the solution [against mass incarceration], which is why we're investing in organizations using data and evidence to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system. We're giving $5 million to support the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), which partners with police agencies and communities by bringing together data science, trainings and policy reforms to address racial disparity. This intersection gives CPE a unique opportunity to both identify the cause of problems, and propose concrete solutions. CPE's National Justice Database is the first in the nation to track national statistics on police behavior, including stops and use of force, and standardizes data collection across many of the country's police departments. Soon, Google engineers will be volunteering their time and skills with CPE to help build and improve this platform.

Google plans to dole out the grants to ten different organizations. "The goal of these efforts is a society where everyone, regardless of race, is ensured an equal outcome under the law," writes Justin Steele, Principal at Google.Org. "We hope that our grants will provide resources and support to bring about this much-needed change."

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8 Comments
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  • You want data that matters, user data to show where a majority of the crime (crime that is reported) is happening in any big city. This data is very easy to obtain. Maybe than you would begin to see why (in that city) the mail population looks went it does, if the jail population % of race doesn't match up to that data you know you have a problem, if it matches than no problem. But then again the truth hurts so this will never be done. Only way to lower the prison population in America is for decriminalization of major crimes. If you believe state prisons ate full of convicts with just drug crimes toy are sadly wrong. Anybody really familiar with the criminal justice system knows you have to do something bad to end up in a state prison. Posted via Android Central App
  • Guy, you do know there are other countries in the world right? Are you suggesting that the blacks in America are more prone to criminality than the blacks in other majority white countries? So then, by your own logic, you shouldn't hold the views you do because not all blacks are the same. Good on you for recognising that!
    I see college kids of a certain ethnicity doing things daily that would land blacks of the same age behind bars. Unfortunately, if you are Black in America, you don't get to' experiment with drugs ', 'go through a phase ', or be ' just a kid doing something stupid'.
  • Google thinks they're the government.
  • No, they think there are problems in this country that they can help with.
    But you're an anti-Google troll so I'm not surprised you would say that.
  • Triggered....
  • I support this measure.
  • Oh I thought they were going to get rid of the 9th Circus court! And ban Lawyers!