DNA Testing of Arrestees
Genetic Identification and the Right to PrivacyBuy Full Issue$39.95
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a building block of life. Every cell of almost every living thing contains DNA, and every human’s DNA is unique. Through scientific analysis, hair, skin, blood, fingernails — any human matter — can be traced back to a specific individual with 99.986 percent certainty.
Because DNA can serve as a “genetic fingerprint,” it has become a very useful tool in modern law enforcement, employed by police and prosecutors to definitively link suspects to crimes, often in cases where other evidence is inconclusive. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has created a database — th…Buy Full Issue$39.95
In This Issue
Genetic Identification and the Right to PrvacyRead More
College Admissions, Police Searches, and Gay Marriage on the DocketRead More
The Court Rules That an Alert From a Trained Police Dog Is Grounds for a Warrantless SearchRead More
Government Policies and Court PrecedentRead More
Decision of the Court of Appeals of MarylandRead More
The Justices Weigh in on DNS Testing of ArresteesRead More
Pro & Con
Does the Fourth Amendment Allow States to Collect and Analyze DNA Samples from People Arrested and Charged with Serious Crimes?