First Impressions Count: Serious detections arising from Criminal Justice Samples

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Title First Impressions Count: Serious detections arising from Criminal Justice Samples
Author Townsley, Michael Kenneth; Smith, Chloe; Pease, Ken
Journal Name Genomics, Society and Policy
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Edinburgh
Publisher ESRC Genomics Network
Abstract DNA samples on the England and Wales national database matching those found at scenes of serious violent or sexual crimes were identified. The earlier offence leading the sample to appear on the database was noted. The bulk (60-84% according to inclusion criteria) involved theft, drug or other offending. The result, indicating offender versatility, is consistent with most research on criminal careers. Its importance for operational police lies in identifying the contribution made by DNA samples taken after less serious offences in clearing subsequent serious crime, and the importance of taking such samples from as wide a list of apparently 'trivial' crime types as possible. Examining specific relationships between early and later offences revealed a significant link between providing a DNA sample following a drug offence and subsequently committing murder.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 ESRC Genomics Network. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2
Issue Number 1
Page from 28
Page to 40
ISSN 1746-5354
Date Accessioned 2008-06-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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