2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
County of San Diego, CA
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
California

The DNA Hit Integration Program is boosting prosecutions and jail time for defendants who commit multiple crimes and at the same time works to protect the innocent. By integrating a real-time DNA database with the district attorney’s case management system, prosecutors are better able to match defendants they are already prosecuting to additional crimes the defendants may have committed in separate incidents. This new data also gives prosecutors the ability to generate reports to track, manage, and match the DNA data with defendants, as well as exclude suspects in a timely manner if DNA results do not implicate them.