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NCJ Number: NCJ 241681     Find in a Library
Title: Computerized Crime Linkage Systems: A Critical Review and Research Agenda
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Author(s): Craig Bennell ; Brent Snook ; Sarah Macdonald ; John C. House ; Paul J. Taylor
  Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:5  Dated:May 2012  Pages:620 to 634
Date Published: 05/2012
Page Count: 15
  Annotation: This research assesses the computerized crime linkage systems.
Abstract: Computerized crime linkage systems are meant to assist the police in determining whether crimes have been committed by the same offender. In this article, the authors assess these systems critically and identify four assumptions that affect the effectiveness of these systems. These assumptions are that (a) data in the systems can be coded reliably, (b) data in the systems are accurate, (c) violent serial offenders exhibit consistent but distinctive patterns of behavior, and (d) analysts have the ability to use the data in the systems to link crimes accurately. The authors argue that there is no compelling empirical support for any of the four assumptions, and they outline a research agenda for testing each assumption. Until evidence supporting these assumptions becomes available, the value of linkage systems will remain open to debate. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Computerized criminal histories
Index Term(s): Police information systems ; Case studies ; Behavioral science research ; Crime analysis ; Offender profiles
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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