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Gerstein posts a televised interview of Obama and John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted. The nation’s chief executive extols the virtues of mandatory DNA testing of Americans upon arrest, even absent charges or a conviction. Obama said, “It’s the right thing to do” to “tighten the grip around folks” who commit crime.
When it comes to civil liberties, the Obama administration has come under fire for often mirroring his predecessor’s practices surrounding state secrets
Originally posted by Taupin Desciple
Last time I checked, when a person gets arrested they are charged with a crime, that's WHY they are arrested.
My take on all this, don't do aything wrong to where you WOULD get arrested, and you wont have any thing to worry about.
So, if you do get arrested there, it's for a good reason. You deserve it.
Facts on Post-Conviction DNA Exonerations
There have been 251 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.
• The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 34 states; since 2000, there have been 185 exonerations.
• 17 of the 252 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row.
• The average length of time served by exonerees is 13 years. The total number of years served is approximately 3,170.
• The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
Races of the 251 exonerees:
151 African Americans
2 Asian American
5 whose race is unknown
• The true suspects and/or perpetrators have been identified in 107 of the DNA exoneration cases.
• Since 1989, there have been tens of thousands of cases where prime suspects were identified and pursued—until DNA testing (prior to conviction) proved that they were wrongly accused.
• In more than 25 percent of cases in a National Institute of Justice study, suspects were excluded once DNA testing was conducted during the criminal investigation (the study, conducted in 1995, included 10,060 cases where testing was performed by FBI labs).
• About half of the people exonerated through DNA testing have been financially compensated. 27 states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia have passed laws to compensate people who were wrongfully incarcerated. Awards under these statutes vary from state to state.
• 22 percent of cases closed by the Innocence Project since 2004 were closed because of lost or missing evidence.
• 18 DNA exonerees pled guilty to crimes they didn't commit, serving more than 100 years in prison before they were exonerated.
Originally posted by maybereal11
I understand the pessimism that our government is a sinister entity that has the potential to misuse collected data, but I think with the proper restrictions DNA samples of arrested suspects will...actually has...saved lives.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
How many murderers, child abducters and other forms of living horrors have walked out of police stations free to return to thier crimes because of insufficient evidence absent a volountary DNA sample?
I don't think anbody is talking about DNA samples when you get pulled over for speeding,
Originally posted by sos37
It's a rare occasion when I side with Obama, and this is one of those times. I'm all for DNA sampling upon incarceration.