Technology Advancements in the Criminal Justice System

Judge Megan Goldish
2 min readDec 4, 2023

While the criminal justice system has traditionally been slow to adopt new technologies, there has been a notable shift in recent years. Increasingly, there’s a genuine interest and substantial investment in technological innovations to enhance the system’s efficiency.

One of the impacts that technology advancements have had had on the criminal justice system is adopting predictive analytics and data-driven approaches. This involves law enforcement agencies harnessing comprehensive datasets to forecast areas that are at an elevated risk of criminal activities. Additionally, they pinpoint individuals who are more predisposed to either committing crimes or becoming victims. By relying on data-driven methods, authorities can amp up police presence in these areas, working to prevent future crimes before they happen and staying one step ahead to keep communities safer.

Technological advancements have also brought about using e-filing systems and digital document management. Courts worldwide are using electronic filing and document systems. Now, case papers like motions and petitions can be submitted and stored digitally, skipping the traditional paper route and bringing the convenience of technology to the legal world.

The adoption of DNA testing is another area that has seen technological advancement in the criminal justice system. Forensic scientists can dive into cold cases by examining DNA samples from past investigations, giving unsolved cases a new chance for resolution.

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Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Megan Goldish