April 5, 2007 |
IF YOU'RE CONVICTED of a felony (or in some states a misdemeanor), your DNA goes into a database. That information primarily helps in the pursuit of repeat offenders. But some people want to extend the reach of that data to find people who are only a partial match. It's a particularly personal form of a law enforcement fishing expedition. The technique is called "familial searching," and it targets not only the convicted but their relatives as well.
October 31, 2004
Summary: This measure would require the state to collect DNA samples from all people, adults or juveniles, arrested in felony cases, regardless of whether they are convicted. Currently, DNA is collected only from felons convicted of certain offenses. It would also expand the state's DNA database. The cost to the state would be $20 million annually, according to the state legislative analyst's office. Local costs would be offset by raising fines for some offenses. Supporters: The measure's author and key backer is Bruce Harrington, a Newport Beach attorney and real estate developer whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in 1980 in a crime that remains unsolved.
January 16, 1992 |
Critics are calling a plan by the U.S. military to establish a DNA database on all 1.5 million service members--the largest genetic identification project in history--the first step toward Big Brother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2004 |
Despite the threat of a lawsuit, justice officials said Wednesday that they are ready to quickly expand a DNA database designed to catch criminals, after voters overwhelmingly authorized it. Approved by 61.8% of voters on Tuesday, Proposition 69 mandates that DNA be taken from every adult and juvenile convicted of a felony in California and from every adult arrested for certain felonies, including sex offenses, murder and voluntary manslaughter.
December 21, 2006 |
Virginia authorities have launched a substantial review of the state's DNA database after discovering that thousands of felons may have skirted a legal requirement to submit genetic samples, partly because local and state agencies may have failed to make them do so. Public safety and crime lab officials estimate that at least 20% of felons' DNA profiles could be missing from the database, a flaw that could hamper criminal investigations across the state and nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2007 |
Orange County's district attorney won approval Tuesday from the Board of Supervisors for a contract that allows him to create a local database of DNA samples of people on probation. Under the program, DNA will be collected as a condition of probation and the evidence will be stored for comparison against evidence collected at crime scenes. Local law enforcement officials say it will be the first program of its kind in the nation.