Do Databases of Criminal Offenders Help Reduce Crime?

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The advent of computers and the internet—and the declining costs of using both—spurred law enforcement to construct massive databases of information about criminal offenders. Two prominent examples are DNA databases and sex offender registries. Both have been widely used since the 1990s, but they have different features that result in wildly different impacts on crime. DNA databases reduce…

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Economics professor at Texas A&M University. Director of the Justice Tech Lab. Host of the Probable Causation podcast. I study crime & discrimination.

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Jennifer Doleac

Jennifer Doleac

Economics professor at Texas A&M University. Director of the Justice Tech Lab. Host of the Probable Causation podcast. I study crime & discrimination.

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