Debating The DNA Legislation

Investigators say DNA samples are no longer just the future for solving crime, they are the tool they need now.

Lawmakers are working on a bill that would allow investigators to collect DNA samples from suspects when they are charged with serious crimes. Currently, they can only get a DNA sample by a court order, or if the person is a convicted felon.

Corporal Scott Stanton who works in the major crimes unit at the Greenville Police Department says he thinks the change would be a good thing.

There are some who think this would take away constitutional rights. Lawmakers are trying to compromise by adding an amendment that says samples would be removed quickly from the database if the suspect isn't convicted.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    "collect DNA samples from suspects when they are charged" So you loose your rights just because you are a suspect? So the state is saying you are guilty just because you have been charged, with no day in court. Very wrong. If convicted, then DNA. If the person is not guilty, will they destroy their DNA, no it will stay in the system for them to use as they see fit.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    This is not a free country anymore.More laws, more rights taking away from us all.
  • by Help the cops! on Jul 8, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    I think that taking DNA from convicted offenders should be allowed, but I'm skeptical of taking DNA of college students that are arrested for being drunk on the street. It seems like an invasion of privacy to me...

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