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Stuff You Should Know: How will the future crime database work?

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Comment by Cassie Wright on May 12, 2011 at 2:36pm

On some levels it can seem like a good idea, being able to know exactly who is in your neighborhood. Except what if it was a misunderstanding, and it was a crime that wasn't really justified? The people that are put on that data base are all different. Some might try to get back on there feet, but how do you do that when no one will give you the chance? People need other people to better themselves, the knowledge that someone cares alone can change a life. What if you want to change, but no one believe's you can? I don't think its alright that everyone should have to give up there DNA, what right does the government or police units have to keep everyone in check? We all have are own rights.


Comment by Brett Bowers on May 12, 2011 at 8:52am

If you get arrested the police can take your DNA and put it in a DNA data base so if you ever get arrested again the cops can pick you up if your DNA was left. sociology is you were meant to do this and psychology is you can do what you want.

Comment by Eric Hirst on May 12, 2011 at 8:48am
I think the thought of having to balance on a board and go through a machine to tell if I'm a person who is going to create a crime. I like the fact that they are trying to keep the world safe, but were does it end? I don't condone the fact of  going through the machines just to get on an aire plane. I understand the point of it, i just don't condone it, I believe it is a violation of the consitutional rights. I do agree with the family watch dog, I believe that when you hurt a child. You don't deserve any privacy or concealment of you criminal record.
Comment by Merrick Lee Luellen on May 12, 2011 at 8:48am
For me this was a useful thing to talk about because it is a good thing to know where I need to go to find out where offenders would be found around me, although I have to say that by knowing this stuff it would make me more skiddish about them then it would just fill in the blanks. Some would say that it is a good thing to do but that DNA database thing is a little much yeah it would make things faster but it also said that half a million people in that database is wrong so it would just be a hassle and confuse some. SOme other databases are better like the fingerprinting data would be less of an act of aggression, the other one called National Crime Information System (NCIS) is just an organization so it would work better. To me some of this stuff is just another act to get people aware of people but like the podcast said some would take matters into there own hands and just.... yeah so that is my opinion on this subject.
Comment by Emyn Zaleski on May 12, 2011 at 8:47am

All the resources that we're using to track criminals could be thought of in two ways. The first way is the thought that it's not okay to track the criminals or telling them they're going to be a criminal. This includes all the databases that we have for tracking criminals. There are websites out there that allow you to find where they live and what offenses they've commited.

Then there's the thought that it is okay and we should keep a track on all the people that have commited crimes. That maybe we should keep all the databases that are out there and we should improve them to the point where you can follow them everywhere.

I really don't have an opinion on this matter and i'd rather not jump in on this subject.

Comment by William Bailey on May 12, 2011 at 8:45am
       I don't agree that you should be followed by the government just because of something your parents have done. I also think that the government should try to help people who are registered sex offenders.
Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 12, 2011 at 8:44am

I beleive that when you predetirmine a persons future that they are going to be a criminal is wrong. The reason I think its wrong is because just because of their family's past. I think that the only person that can predetermine your future on if your going to be a criminal or not is you.

      There are many ways to track criminals that are already in the database. I think that there is only one way to determine a persons life. Is by what they have already done.



Comment by andrew warren on May 12, 2011 at 8:44am

I think predetermination of future criminals is terrible. I also want to know why they are using Wii balance boards to pick terrorists out of groups, and why not use special equipment.

Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 12, 2011 at 8:40am

When you start think about moving out of your Mom and Dad's house when you graduate high school you probably wander about what type of people that will be living in the neighborhood that you will be living in. There are data bases or websites that you can go to and find out what type of people that live in that neighborhood like familywatchdog.us tells you about what type of crimes that some people have done in that neighborhood.

Comment by Alexander Michael Harrelson on May 12, 2011 at 8:33am

There are many different databases for figuring out who did a crime. One of them are fingerprinting. Another one is the National Crime Information Center. A couple more are National DNA Database. The U.S. has a National DNA Index System. I think that law enforcement should not be able to have the right to take DNA from people. In 2008, half of a million of DNA samples taken by law enforcement were wrong. There are many problems with DNA profiling. England and the U.S. are the leading countries with DNA profiling. Self-fulfilling proficy is when younger kids get DNA taken and get watched by law enforcement for the rest of their life. The economic situation raises the crime rate. Law enforcement can identify people through a census that is taken. Law enforcement can look at the medical history of people.

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