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Aug. 4th, 2010: - johnlocke.org

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Taking DNA from the Innocent: Bill would be a major step toward Big Brother government
By Daren Bakst

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill (HB 1403) that would require law enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples from individuals arrested for certain felonies. Such a law would overturn the time-honored principle of innocent before proven guilty.

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DNA Sampling of Innocent-Until-Proven-Guilty People Is on the Rise

If you're arrested for a felony in the state of California, expect to give up a DNA sample. As of January 1, California police departments began taking and storing genetic samples from all adults arrested for felonies, regardless of whether they go on to charge those people with crimes, or whether the suspects are ultimately convicted. Meanwhile, the FBI and 15 states now collect DNA samples from immigrants who are detained, and 16 states store genetic samples from people found guilty of misdemeanors.

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