Former N.J. attorney general Anne Milgram on using algorithms to fight crime and being the only woman in the room

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In New Jersey and elsewhere, people address the attorney general as “General.” But Anne Milgram, who served as the Garden State’s chief law enforcement officer from June 2007 to January 2010, says she was never much for titles. “Please, call me Anne,” she’d say.

A few days into the job, a longtime state employee advised that Milgram let the law-enforcement folks call her General. After all, he pointed out, she sat at the top of their hierarchy, and she shouldn’t undersell that.

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