On Monday, I had the chance to testify before Utah’s House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee in support of H.B. 212, a bill that would allow for obtaining DNA samples from all persons arrested for felonies in Utah. This bill follows on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June, in Maryland v. King, that DNA sampling from arrestees for serious crimes complied with the Fourth Amendment.
Since the constitutional questions have been resolved, the remaining question is, of course, whether such testing is good public policy. To my mind, the public policy arguments in favor of such testing are overwhelming.
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