Technology and the Criminal Justice System
Intro to Criminal Justice
Bryant & Stratton Online College
February 28, 2015
I will be showing in this paper how technology is used today to help fight against crime. I will be showing the latest technologies and the different topologies used in these technologies today. Some of the advancements made over the last twenty years has helped to put criminals from the past away and continues to make strides in gathering the evidence that was at one point obsolete. Today these advancements can take things such as DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA), which is the genetic material of a cell. These samples can be tested today and show results of the possible perpetrator and match them by their samples. Years ago there was no testing for this DNA to match the perpetrator from the past. I will specifically staying on DNA but will touch on some other technologies used in catching criminals also. Another technology I will be touching on will be Advanced Fingerprint Identification Technology (AFIT).
I will be doing my investigating by looking into some background information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and how each of these technologies came into play and how they are used for past crime, present crimes and future crimes.
In this day and age it is a constant battle to keep up with the ever changing technologies. Being properly educated in this field can mean the difference in catching criminals by using their DNA. Knowing how to properly collect, handle, store, and use for evidence can hasten the process of putting a dangerous criminal away for good. Knowing where DNA can be obtained from is key. Sweat, skin, blood, semen, saliva & tissue all holds DNA. You can obtain DNA from a number of items such as a cigarette butts, inside of a hat, bandanna, dirty laundry, stamp, envelope, bottle, can, and so many more items too many to list them all.
DNA is used to
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