Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Services


DNA analysis has become a crucial part of solving cases. It has developed significantly since its creation in the mid-1980s. The longing for answers within unsolved cases is historically lengthy, leaving traces of distrust and injustice. Criminologists offer a potential solution to the mess created by connecting DNA analysis to protect victims and communities. DNA evidence and analysis can assist in solving cases and provide answers for exonerees. Like public genealogy websites, law enforcement agencies must acknowledge new methods to solve issues. Not only could law enforcement agencies solve and arrest suspects through DNA analysis, but DNA could also provide answers for those wrongfully imprisoned. Thus, the ethical and moral issues with unsolved cases and DNA analysis create a unique and challenging outlook. Public distrust and image of law enforcement agencies suffer from the failure of non-modern DNA technology. Therefore, law enforcement agencies must be aware and conscious of their decisions regarding evidence at a crime scene and submission. However, due to the advancements in DNA testing, scientists and criminologists argue that solving cases has significantly increased. Decision-makers and lawmakers are questioned regarding the increase in unsolved cases, and the need for new resources and dedication has risen. But with the lack of knowledge and resources, many cases still need to be solved. Many law enforcement and criminal justice agencies must recognize the importance of understanding the mistakes and techniques in older and present ecases. Researching and investigating unsolved files and DNA analysis can provide answers to many current and future circumstances.