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April 24, 2018

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DNA Databanks
Last Featured: 1/6/2003

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DNA evidence is revolutionizing our justice system leading to decisions to convict – or free -- thousands of criminal defendants. Advocates of this relatively new technology have promoted the idea of testing all prisoners for the purpose of compiling a “genetic encyclopedia” that will assist law enforcement officials in fighting crime. Opponents protest this as a violation of privacy, noting that such a record could leak into the public domain and encourage workplace and other discrimination. Are DNA databanks a key to solving crimes or a peephole into our private lives? Join us as we debate privacy and policing in an increasingly tech-savvy world. This debate was recorded before a live audience in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Public Radio.

Michael Smith is an associate professor of law at the University of Wisconsin. He serves on the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, which seeks to maximize the value of forensic DNA in the criminal justice system.

Andrew Good is a criminal defense attorney in Boston whose clients have included Leona Helmsley, Michael Milken and British au pair, Louise Woodward. He is a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Technology and Law Enforcement.

Closing Quote
"There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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National Institute of Justice
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Jurist: The Legal Education Network
ACLU on privacy
ACLU Press Release on DNA
Report: Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide For Victims
PBS' Frontline: The Case for Innocence
Privacy Implications of Genetic Testing, Australian Government Report
Preventing Genetic Discrimination
US Department of Justice Report on Post-conviction DNA testing
Canadian National DNA Data Bank
DNA Fingerprinting: The Ultimate Identity
by Ron Fridell
Genetic Fingerprinting: The Law and Science of DNA
by Gerald Sheindlin
Genetic Secrets: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in the Genetic Era
by Mark Rothstein
Whose Internet Is It?
Identity Theft