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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.
I fear that sometime in our future there will be a push by Big Brother to have everyone’s DNA on file. Any privacy concerns that we have about big tech should pale in comparison to our concerns about where the government is inevitably headed.
The combination of DNA/Artificial Intelligence/Quantum Computers could very well lead to total control of our species and others... could be nightmarish on a scale of 'The Matrix' or well beyond. Then again, people living in that world might think it Heaven on Earth... :)
Add in the fact that sometime in the future that governments will inevitably be issuing their own cryptocurrencies to facilitate tax collections and we (or more likely our ancestors) will be living in a dystopian nightmare. Hopefully, we will be treated well. :)
Forget the academic social scientists and evangelists, the true prophets are science fiction writers.
<<I fear that sometime in our future there will be a push by Big Brother to have everyone’s DNA on file. Any privacy concerns that we have about big tech should pale in comparison to our concerns about where the government is inevitably headed.>>
Not to disagree ..........but.
Our DNA and, even more valuable, our search results, our online posts, photos, life stories, and all things digital are perhaps equally at risk in the hands of tech companies. We are all mere targets, numbers. 'They' know all about us and have motives directly at odds with the benefit of users.