Do criminal DNA databases go too far?

When the state of New York expanded its DNA database last year, I didn’t give it much thought. After all, I am not a criminal, so it’s not like my DNA is going to be in the database anytime soon.

And yet.

I was a little shocked last week when I read the Gazette’s story about 10 Montgomery County residents arrested for failing to provide court-ordered DNA samples. None of these people were violent criminals. Rather, they were guilty of relatively minor misdemeanors.

It’s one thing to take DNA swabs from murderers and rapists. It’s quite another to take them from someone who stole less than $1,000 worth of goods, or someone who lied on their welfare application.

Read the full, original story here: Public debates the DNA issue — and so do I

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