Criminal Justice Technologies: Hopes, Promises and Risks in the Rush for a Secure and Orderly World

Sam McQuade, University of Rochester

This paper will trace changes in one type of crime, money-laundering, that are related to changes in the technology used by offenders and federal agencies. Using a series of case studies and a content analysis of these cases the paper seeks to understand the interplay between the technologies used by each side in the effort to control money laundering. These changes are place in the larger context of technology shifts during the last one hundred years to develop a theory of the relationship between technological shifts and changes in public sector functions. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for criminal justice agencies.

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