Texas Christian University
Is this ‘Minority Report’ or is it the Future of Child Welfare?
Predictive analytics, mathematical equations that forecast where events will likely occur, and the use of data within governmental agencies such as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) are seen by many as a way to proactively penalize people before they ever do anything wrong.
Texas: Child Maltreatment Prediction by Block
In 2015, 63,781 children in Texas were victims of maltreatment, making Texas the state with the third highest number of reports in the country. The Texas legislature is currently looking at multiple bills that address child maltreatment including Senate Bill 11 which includes funding for traditional geo-mapping to forecast areas of likely child abuse.