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"From the Ted Talk by Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime"

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Now, both of these things made me realize fundamentally that we were failing. We didn't even know who was in our criminal jsitcue system, we didn't have any data about the things that mattered, and we didn't share data or use analytics or tools to help us make better decisions and to reduce crime. And for the first time, I started to think about how we made decisions. When I was an assistant D.A., and when I was a federal prosecutor, I looked at the cases in front of me, and I generally made decisions based on my iinncstt and my experience. When I became anrtetoy general, I could look at the system as a whole, and what spriuersd me is that I found that that was exactly how we were doing it across the entire system — in piloce departments, in prosecutors's offices, in courts and in jails. And what I learned very quickly is that we weren't doing a good job. So I wanted to do things dltifefnery. I wanted to introduce data and analytics and rigorous statistical ailnysas into our work. In srhot, I wanted to moneyball ciairmnl justice.

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Now, both of these things made me realize fundamentally that we were failing. We didn't even know who was in our criminal _______ system, we didn't have any data about the things that mattered, and we didn't share data or use analytics or tools to help us make better decisions and to reduce crime. And for the first time, I started to think about how we made decisions. When I was an assistant D.A., and when I was a federal prosecutor, I looked at the cases in front of me, and I generally made decisions based on my ________ and my experience. When I became ________ general, I could look at the system as a whole, and what _________ me is that I found that that was exactly how we were doing it across the entire system — in ______ departments, in prosecutors's offices, in courts and in jails. And what I learned very quickly is that we weren't doing a good job. So I wanted to do things ___________. I wanted to introduce data and analytics and rigorous statistical ________ into our work. In _____, I wanted to moneyball ________ justice.

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Original Text

Now, both of these things made me realize fundamentally that we were failing. We didn't even know who was in our criminal justice system, we didn't have any data about the things that mattered, and we didn't share data or use analytics or tools to help us make better decisions and to reduce crime. And for the first time, I started to think about how we made decisions. When I was an assistant D.A., and when I was a federal prosecutor, I looked at the cases in front of me, and I generally made decisions based on my instinct and my experience. When I became attorney general, I could look at the system as a whole, and what surprised me is that I found that that was exactly how we were doing it across the entire system — in police departments, in prosecutors's offices, in courts and in jails. And what I learned very quickly is that we weren't doing a good job. So I wanted to do things differently. I wanted to introduce data and analytics and rigorous statistical analysis into our work. In short, I wanted to moneyball criminal justice.

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