Machine learning can help prevent repeat domestic violence offenses

School of Social Policy & Practice/Candace diCarlo Top: Susan B. Sorenson, director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence in the School of Social Policy & Practice. Bottom: Richard Berk, a professor of criminology and statistics in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School. Richard Berk, a professor of criminology and statistics in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School, and Susan B. Sorenson, director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, have made an important discovery about domestic violence: Using machine learning during the arraignment process, when a judge or magistrate decides whether to detain or release an accused offender, prevented more than 1,000 domestic violence arrests in one year in at least one large metropolitan area.   They…


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