Crime-fighting DNA banks should be used sparingly

px CBP chemist reads a DNA profile

The following is an excerpt.

DNA has been such an effective tool for solving crimes that many people are pushing to expand the data bank that holds people’s genetic fingerprints.

A bill has been introduced in the Indiana Legislature, for example, to allow DNA samples to be taken from anyone accused of a felony, convicted or not. The Michigan Senate is debating a bill that also would expand the number of people whose DNA can be dumped into the data bank.

Now, the question is going to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will take it up this month. The court would be wise to adopt a limited approach, allowing DNA to be collected only from those accused of violent felonies and only if a judge or grand jury has agreed the case has merit.

Read the full article here: Go slow on DNA fingerprinting of Americans

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