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Different states (and different countries) vary in what types of criminal convictions (or arrests) result in inclusion of DNA samples in forensic DNA databases. Some require inclusion of all individuals convicted of a felony, while others require inclusion of only those convicted of violent felonies, for example. Some states now include those who are arrested for a crime, regardless of conviction. Some politicians and law-enforcement workers have even suggested that we should simply include every member of society in such databases. In your essay, please discuss who you think should be included (or not included) in our national forensic DNA database and why.
Who Should Be Included In Criminal Dna Databases?
Length: 2 pages (760 Words)
Who Should Be Included in Criminal DNA Databases?
DNA samples can be traced to the scene of a crime since DNA resides in every cell of the human body. DNA can be extracted from blood; semen, saliva, root hair stems left by a suspect at the scene of a crime using a chemical process (Kayser & Schneider, 2009). This property of DNA, linking samples to a particular person make it an extremely important tool in fighting crime in societies. It is the standard practice for governments thus to collect a database of DNA samples against which they compare with samples collected from a crime scene. In respect of the highly personal nature of DNA to a person’s identity, the procedures adopted in the making of these databases are informed by a variety of factors, seeking to minimize instances of misuse of private citizen’s DNA information. Some administrations have databases including information from the whole population while others prefer to keep a catalog of DNA for all convicted felons, or arrested convicts.