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Do DNA databases deter crime and limit recidivism?
by Tyler Cowen Marginal Revolution June 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm
Anne Sofie Tegner Anker, Jennifer L. Doleac, and Rasmus Landersø tell us yes:
This paper studies the effects of adding criminal offenders to a DNA database. Using a large expansion of Denmark’s DNA database, we find that DNA registration reduces recidivism within the following year by as much as 43% and it also increases the probability that offenders are identified. We thereby estimate the elasticity of crime with respect to the detection probability to be -2.7, implying that a 1% higher detection probability reduces crime by more than 2%. We also find that DNA registration makes offenders more likely to find employment, enroll in education, and live in a more stable family environment.
Amazing that a giving over of one's DNA to a government agency can influence behavior that dramatically. The other side of that coin is that the government agency now owns an iteration of that person's identity. It's DNA with GPS. The ultimate form of 'we can come and get you whenever we want' big brotherism.