Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System suggests that information technology in criminal justice will continue to challenge us to think about how we turn information into knowledge, who can use that knowledge, and for what purposes. In this text, editor April Pattavina synthesizes the growing body of research in information technology and criminal justice. Contributors examine what has been learned from past experiences, what the current state of IT is in various components of the criminal justice system, and what challenges lie ahead.

Information Technology and Crime Analysis

Information technology and crime analysis
Phyllis ParshallMcDonald

This chapter is crucial to understanding the overall development of policing in 20th-century America. Since 1970, American policing has revolutionized itself in a manner that was barely perceptible as it was occurring. Looking back on the past three decades and examining the phases and steps along the way, one can see that some of the greatest advances in policing occurred in relationship to technology but not necessarily because of technology. The role that technology played was to provide an environment in which the best minds in policing were able to take advantage of common police wisdom and put it to new and innovative uses. The process by which policing was led to the full use ...

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