Governor Andrew Cuomo made it official yesterday: anyone convicted of any felony or penal law misdemeanor will have their DNA entered into a government databank.
There are obvious pros and cons to the new law — on the positive side, having more DNA samples in the state’s database will increase law enforcement’s chances of solving crimes where there is DNA evidence. On the cons side, the law is a bit big brother-y — especially when you look at some of the “crimes” that would give the government the right to someone’s DNA.
Click here for a list of some of the more ridiculous crimes that would now give the government the right to take your DNA (spoil alert: being too loud in church, adultery, and fortune telling are some of the crimes on the list.
Additionally, Civil rights groups argue that the law goes too far, and that it opens
the door for potential error and fraud at state crime labs.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 20, 2012