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Is DNA database expansion worth the cost?

  • Joan
    Joan

    Does the cost of expanding and maintaining a large DNA database justify the allocation of resources?

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    Robert
    Robert

    The initial and continuing expense of a DNA database would be a gross misapplication of finite public resources.Public confidence in the criminal justice system will neither be improved by requiring them to give time and tissue to the police, nor by the creation of a novel bureaucracy dedicated to administering the database.The funds would be better directed towards increased recruitment of police officers and their more regular deployment on foot patrol.

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    Sun Ye
    Sun Ye

    In Britain the cost of maintaininng the DNA database more than doubled when they expanded it

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    Yaso
    Yaso

    Forensic DNA testing can be expensive. While many rape cases can be solved with DNA testing that costs about $500 per case, some murder evidence can cost upwards of $10,000 for forensic DNA testing. Such testing may need to call on several different methods depending on the type of evidence available, and whether or not the evidence as degraded or deteriorated in some way.

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    Reclaim Your DNA
    Reclaim Your DNA

    In the UK Life Peer Lord Henley was spot on when he said in the House of Lords: “Since 2001, more than 4 million people have been added to the DNA database, yet despite that the number of DNA detections has fallen from 33,000 to just over 26,000 in 2009-10. There has been a vast growth in the hoarding of people’s DNA but a decline in the number of convictions. That is an important thing to remember!”

    The quotation was taken from:

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201212/ldhansrd/text/120131-0002.htm#120131138000237

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    Josh
    Josh

    UK Home Office figures show that the cost of running the national DNA database has more than doubled since 2002-03.

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    Myra
    Myra

    Brazil just expanded thier database with no cost/benefit analysis in this regard

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    Poonitha
    Poonitha

    The costs of all this technology do not overcome proper traditional policing. While the police play with their new toys, the criminals run free

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    William
    William

    How can we even know when theres never been a legitimate cost benfit analysis. No one publishes the data, no one analyzes it-its one huge morass of conjecture and anecdotes.

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    Dorothy
    Dorothy

    Developing countries are overtaxing their resources by concentrating on this technology without proper funding for every day police work.

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    JOsh
    JOsh

    This is about government surveillance not law enforcement or safety-labels matter!!

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    Filomena
    Filomena

    It has to be done judiciously, and incrementally with the public input

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    Miriam
    Miriam

    If these expansions ar not properly funded-few even talk about cost-then theyll run poorly and raise a whole new arena of human rights ocncerns

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    Stacy
    Stacy

    Policing costs are high for good reason but technology can not replace proper polcing by boots on the ground. Giveaways to corporations are not going to make us any safer.

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    Diana
    Diana

    How can we intelligently answer the question when a cost-benefit analyses has never been done. How much does it actually cost per person actually convicted because of DNA? How could that money be spent otherwise? We need data to make informed decisions. Those who pursue these [oicies have access to the raw numbers but wont release them for independent study.

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