Cataloging Criminals before Conviction . . . the power of DNA

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Recently a major decisions was supported by the Supreme Court which allows anyone arrested or detained for arrest to have their DNA swabbed and put into the national federal database. This major change has a significant impact on how crime is conceptualized and addressed in our country. However, for minorities, a group that is disproportionately targeted for arrest (NYC’s Stop and Frisk is one example) this ruling changes the game. Racial profiling becomes a more  factor based on “biology” and having a database full of minorities DNA appears that convictions will more likely be imposed on this group. 

 

Check out this article for more info and let us know your thoughts. 

http://www.afro.com/sections/news/national/story.htm?storyid=78661

 

(Image from http://www.planaction.org/will-stop-and-swab-become-the-new-stop-and-frisk-reflections-on-national-dna-day/)

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