True, it’s a fine line. I don’t think putting more people in jail is necessarily a good thing, especially if the error rate is 35%. Imagine you were being arrested, and the cops said, “we’re 65% sure you did this, so you’re guilty”…what? What kind of justice is that?
People of color (in America, at least) are already disproportionately affected by bad laws and bad cops (see: all of the shootings of young black men who were unarmed). Are we going to compound that problem with bad tech? In one case, a cop actually fired a taser at a 15 year old kid in Detroit because he was riding an ATV illegally on the street. He was going over 30 mph. He was killed. His name was Damon Grimes. In another case, in Rochester, Michigan, not 1 hour from where I live, a 14 year old black kid knocked on a door asking for directions to his new school. The woman who lived there started screaming, saying “why did they pick our house?”, and her husband went onto the front lawn and fired his shotgun at the kid. For asking fucking directions. Thankfully, the child was not harmed in this case.
I’ve had enough bad experiences with the cops (because of my cousin, and the bad name he gave our family), that I don’t trust them one tiny little bit. That’s a topic for another thread, but in the end, I simply don’t trust the justice system to do what’s in our best interest. Prosecutors, police, and everyone else involved in the process have an incentive to put away as many people as possible (not to mention the privatized prisons…). This is turning into a rant, but:
tl;dr I don’t trust the justice system to do the right thing here. We simply can’t have a system where we’re 65% sure that someone is the culprit – we can’t trust that system in the same way we trust fingerprints or DNA tests.