More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census One of the reasons for that is because “television crime shows have a big impact on what people believe about the power of these tools.”Denmark, of course, differs from the United States in many respects.But Doleac’s study of U.S. DNA databases also found that they produce sharp drops in criminal reoffending.Her U.S. work further notes that deterring a crime via DNA databases costs less than 10 percent of the cost of producing the same deterrent effect by building more prisons.And because DNA-related technology is getting cheaper every year while prisons remain as costly as ever, that favorable cost-effectiveness ratio is only going to rise.Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. In some countries, such databases also sometimes include a DNA sample, typically obtained from saliva.When the government of Denmark increased the proportion of arrestees from whom police gathered DNA samples from 4 percent to 40 percent in just five months, a research team took advantage of the natural experiment to evaluate whether DNA databases reduce crime.In a study of more than 38,000 males who were arrested for crimes roughly equivalent in severity to felonies in the United States, the research team found that being added to the DNA database reduced reoffending by a stunning 43 percent.The harsher criminal sentences that are favored by self-styled “tough on crime” politicians have shown no evidence of producing a comparable level of crime reduction.Because DNA evidence is found at many crime scenes (e.g., most rapes and other violent assaults), DNA databases raise the odds that the offender will be identified and convicted.As has been shown in many other criminal justice programs, raising the likelihood of being punished deters repeat offending far more than does increasing the severity of criminal penalties.Study team member Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia said that even uneducated offenders who don’t fully understand what DNA is nonetheless are deterred from recidivism after being added to the database. Categories: Editorial, OpinionElected officials often push for lengthening prison sentences for particular crimes in the hopes of deterring people from committing them.But new research highlights a more effective and less costly approach: expanding databases that record the DNA of criminal offenders.Law enforcement agencies have long maintained databases of convicted criminals’ fingerprints and mug shots.Such records help police solve the many crimes that are committed by people with a criminal history.
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A Donegal GAA star has revealed that he is fed up hearing ‘God Save The Queen’ being played during the Olympics in Rio! Mark McHugh, like thousands of other fans with a keen interest in sport, has been tuning into the games in Brazil.Irish fans are currently up in arms at the minute, following the disgusting decision given against Irish boxer Michael Conlan yesterday morning. Conlan was robbed in one of the worst decisions you’re ever likely to witness at an elite level.McHugh, like everybody else was outraged, and he tweeted, “I would love them judges to train like @mickconlan11 for 1 week and then multiply that by 4 years to realize what they just done. #NotFairHowever, blatant corruption in boxing wasn’t the only thing getting on his nerves at the Olympics – Team GB’s national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ is also grinding his gears. The Kilcar clubman hilariously tweeted, “If that Queen isn’t saved after the amount of times I’ve heard that anthem these last few days she never will! #Rio2016Brilliant!Which GAA star has enough of ‘God Save The Queen’? was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnthemGAAMark McHughnewsOympicsRioSportThe Queen