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Saturday, October 21, 2006

DNA Databank is Also Helping Solve Property Crimes

From USATODAY.com: The national database of criminals' DNA, designed by the FBI to help solve rapes and murders, increasingly is being used to identify suspects in unsolved burglaries and other property crimes, a USA TODAY review of state crime lab records shows.

In 10 states — Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin — the total number of DNA matches in property-crime cases has exceeded the number of matches in violent crimes, the review indicates.

Other states also are reporting increases in property-crime matches: Of Georgia's first 171 matches, only 13 involved DNA from the scenes of unsolved burglaries. Of the 300 matches that followed, 79 were in burglary cases. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Seems to me the mission statement needs to be revised to quiet the critics...bottom line...lets get the criminals off the streets.

Posted by: mab | Oct 22, 2006 6:01:41 AM

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