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Final Results from the DNA Field Experiment: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High-Volume Crimes

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This paper will review the findings of a one-year follow-up on a fully randomized study conducted in 2005-2007 to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of collecting and processing DNA evidence in high-volume property crimes. The five demonstration sites in the initial study identified over 2,000 burglary cases in which DNA evidence was present. These cases were randomly assigned to two groups: DNA samples associated with cases in the treatment group were tested, while samples associated with cases in the control group were not tested. The initial study found that twice as many suspects were identified, arrested and accepted for prosecution among cases in the treatment group. The current follow-up study tracks the final disposition of the 2,000 cases for an additional year to determine the impact of DNA testing on conviction rates. A cost-benefit analysis is conducted to weigh the costs associated with DNA testing - including sample collection, processing, and increased adjudication and incarceration - against the benefits of using DNA in criminal investigations, which are mainly reductions in offending.
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Grunwald, Ben. and Roman, John. "Final Results from the DNA Field Experiment: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High-Volume Crimes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372796_index.html>

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Grunwald, B. and Roman, J. "Final Results from the DNA Field Experiment: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High-Volume Crimes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372796_index.html

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Abstract: This paper will review the findings of a one-year follow-up on a fully randomized study conducted in 2005-2007 to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of collecting and processing DNA evidence in high-volume property crimes. The five demonstration sites in the initial study identified over 2,000 burglary cases in which DNA evidence was present. These cases were randomly assigned to two groups: DNA samples associated with cases in the treatment group were tested, while samples associated with cases in the control group were not tested. The initial study found that twice as many suspects were identified, arrested and accepted for prosecution among cases in the treatment group. The current follow-up study tracks the final disposition of the 2,000 cases for an additional year to determine the impact of DNA testing on conviction rates. A cost-benefit analysis is conducted to weigh the costs associated with DNA testing - including sample collection, processing, and increased adjudication and incarceration - against the benefits of using DNA in criminal investigations, which are mainly reductions in offending.


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