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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Is it time to take DNA samples from felony arrestees in Utah?"

Paul Cassell has this post suggesting "yes" at The Volokh Conspiracy. In part:

The process of DNA “sampling” needs to be distinguished from DNA “profiling,”  With DNA sampling, only a very small portion of the genetic information is retained and analyzed.  These sequences reveal identification information only, which is the same type of information gleaned from the pattern of the whorls and ridges in a fingerprint.  Thus, DNA sampling provides no information about a person’s susceptibility to disease, bodily structure, or mental functioning.   Also, taking a DNA sample is quick, painless, and minimally invasive process.   Just as Utah’s law enforcement agencies fingerprint everyone they arrest for a serious crime, they should take a DNA sample from everyone they arrest for a serious crime.

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