Today on NPR a news report discusses a new trend in data collection which maps the home addresses of people incarcerated.
This data collection differs from the old trends which only followed the locations of where crimes were being committed. Now data is showing what has long been known by people living in these neighborhoods, that there is a high concentration of people being arrested from certain urban areas, now called “Million-dollar blocks” because of the high cost of incarcerating people from these areas.
With this data available, what can we do with it to improve our own communities? Now that we can see on a map what we may have already known, what strategies can we use to our advantage? How can this information be relevant in helping our neighborhoods, reducing crime, and impacting reentry?