Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New York Votes to Expand DNA Database

Expansion of DNA Database for New York State

It is official. The New York State Assembly has voted to expand the DNA database to include all misdemeanor and felony convictions. Now, when someone takes a plea from a felony to a misdemeanor, a DNA sample will be extracted and placed into the state's CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) to be compared to other profiles in the database.


CODIS has two (2) databases: a known and an unknown. The new law will greatly expand the number of profiles in the system. Law enforcement hopes this will save more lives by identifying perpetrators quickly before they are able to strike again. Crime Control Advocates will applaud this decision no doubt, but Civil Libertarians did not go down without a fight in this one. There were a few concessions made, but crime control won this round. To read more about passage of the DNA bill in the New York Times Blog

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