Would a universal DNA database aid the innocent?

While the U.S. Supreme Court debates whether police should have the right to take DNA samples from all people arrested for crimes, Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, goes further. He says governments should take DNA from everyone as the best way to prevent wrongful convictions as well as to solve more crimes. You can read his Slate commentary here.

3 responses to “Would a universal DNA database aid the innocent?

  1. Reblogged this on The 201010 blog and commented:
    This is interesting as in the UK the police automatically collect a DNA sample when someone is arrested.

  2. What doesn’t seem to be garnering much discussion is how our DNA information may be used outside of criminal proceedings. The government could, very easily, determine to whom we are related, for instance. That may be information that we do not even know, and it could be damaging to many. “Luke, I am your father.” 😉
    Further, genetic diseases could be mapped. The end-result could be a compilation of “undesirables.” If two people are known to be carriers of fatal recessive genes, should they be allowed to marry or have children? Or, perhaps some should be sterilized at birth.
    Honestly, I don’t think we are in much danger of that with today’s government, but what about the government 50 years from now? Or 150 years from now? I trust them even less.

  3. Maybe accused individual’s should be given the option to have DNA sample’s taken upon their arrest. This way there wouldn’t be any violations of their constitutional rights. This way people who are INNOCENT would be set free and NOT put through a trial. It would ALSO stop innocent people from spending countless year’s in prison for crime’s that they did’nt commit.

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