Blue Genes

You've got jail

Governor Pataki's State of the State address last week proposed tougher crime measures, including mandatory DNA mapping of all convicted felons. Is Big Brother coming to town?

Edna Araujo
Age: 43
Resides:: Newark, New Jersey
Occupation: Housekeeper

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? In my country, Brazil, when you turn 18 everybody has to be fingerprinted. I think that's fine.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? Yeah. Like you're genetically predisposed to be gay, or something. How you were raised will also affect it, but everybody is genetically predisposed to be something. Some people will always be happy. Some people will always be sad. Some people will commit crimes.


Ernest Colding
Age: 41
Resides:: Brooklyn
Occupation: Chess teacher

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? It's an invasion. Especially these days, with all the research, it could be abused.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? No.

If not, what accounts for it? People have free will. I grew up in the projects. There's nothing there that tells me I'm going to be a criminal. It's hard, but I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.


Brandon Brown
Age: 39
Resides:: East Meadow, Long Island
Occupation: Tech consultant

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? I would consider it no greater invasion of privacy than the records they already maintain.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? Maybe. But I would say that environment plays a bigger part. If you treat someone like an animal, he's going to be an animal.


Debra Davis
Age: 44
Resides:: Brooklyn
Occupation: Chess teacher

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? Definitely an invasion of privacy. Regular fingerprinting is okay, but that's taking it too far.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? No. People who say that are imposing that on certain races. Most people in prison are people of color. It's a racist attitude.

If not, what accounts for it? It's an individual thing. It has nothing to do with society or where you come from.


Michael Zemsky
Age: 56
Resides:: Smithtown, Long Island
Occupation: Electrician

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? It's okay, as long as they don't do it to everyone. The police have a tendency to play around with people and it could get dangerous with this genetic stuff.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? Yes. There are people who are born to have problems and have no control over themselves. Courts should understand, can't let them back out on the street.


John Green
Age: Under 60
Resides:: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Occupation: Accountant

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? I don't know about convicted felons. Maybe it's okay. Originally, they wanted to DNA everybody who was just arrested. I have a problem with that.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? I don't think so.

If not, what accounts for it? Conditions under which people live. The rich commit more serious crimes than the poor. They'll steal hundreds of millions. For poor people it's adverse conditions that are factors. For rich people, what causes crime is just greed.


Jane Kleinman
Age: 51
Resides:: Lincoln City, Oregon
Occupation: Animal care

Should convicted felons be DNA printed or is it an invasion of privacy? It's not an invasion of privacy. They're convicted felons. Their life is no longer private.

Are certain people genetically predisposed to crime? My heart wants to say no, but I'm not sure.

If not, what accounts for it? My first reaction is environment. That doesn't necessarily mean low income or high income, but the values they're raised with.

 
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