David Robinson


Principal, Upturn

Chicago police have tripled their use of a secret, computerized “heat list.”

The list aims to predict who will be involved in future shootings. Its growing role in Chicago policing is a taste of what’s ahead.


Of Note

Expanded DNA databases, coming to a state near you.

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