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California Report segment on Orange County’s DNA program

I spoke with Scott Shafer from KQED today about Orange County’s DNA program, in which suspects can have charges dismissed in exchange for submitting DNA samples. The benefits of the system are undeniable, but the implications make the policy ethically and legally questionable.

Here are details: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R910080850/b

The California Report |  Thu, October 08, 2009 — 8:50 AM
Expanding DNA Databases Raise Questions

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a challenge to California’s Proposition 69, which requires DNA samples from anyone arrested on felony charges, even those who are not charged or convicted. Orange County prosecutors have gone a step further and are offering to drop charges for minor offenses if the accused gives up a DNA sample.

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