Those Arrested Will Now Be Forced To Give a DNA Sample

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Beginning Wednesday, law enforcement will have a new tool they say to solve more crimes.

"It used to be only convicted felons would submit a DNA sample, but now those arrested for violent felonies will have to as well.

"If a trooper or local agency pulls over a vehicle on a routine traffic stop and they're able to arrest that individual on a felony listed in the legislation; we're able to collect a sample right then and there," Inspector Greg Michaud of the Michigan State Police said.

Cutting the time forensic scientists can get the sample and use it to search against the 9,000 unidentified samples in the state.

"It means we'll be able to solve a crime a lot sooner," Michaud said.

The Michigan State Police Forensic Lab takes in 25,000 new DNA samples from convicted felons each year. They say they're not sure how many more samples they'll get because of the new law, but say they will do more work with the same amount of people.

"The change in the legislation comes unfunded," Michaud said.

Which will create a backlog in state labs said Carol Koenig of the Lansing Branch of the ACLU, and that's just one problem with the law.

"The ACLU believes this is a big infringement on civil liberties," Koenig said. It's going to create fishing expeditions where the use of it won't be tied to any specific crime."

Not true said Michaud. He said this is not about persecuting the innocent; it's about identifying the guilty and putting them behind bars.

"Biometric information is biometric information," He said. "We retain finger prints, DNA is just the next step."

Even if the person is exonerated, their DNA sample will stay in the database. The ACLU is hoping to get that part of the law changed.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Well, that's the heart of the problem, Sara. You are agreeing with this measure in one post, yet contradicting yourself in another. They are talking about taking DNA samples whether you are innocent OR guilty. Once you're arrested, they take the sample. Not everyone arrested is guilty. So, innocent people ARE having their rights taken away.
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Jul 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    If, If, If, thats all they used it for is to fight crime, it might be all right. What if they used it to abort your unborn child becuase you and spouse, DNA make up presented less than perfect results? What if they used it for increased fees(tax) on universal health care that is rationed to the peasants? What if they use it to determind what part of the country you live in? What if they use it to restrict the food you can buy at the Gov-Mart store? What if they use it for passage through the security check point in the case of a swine flue out break? Not that I have anything to worry about, I have my tin-foil hat on???
  • by Sara Location: East Lansing on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I don't understand what's so complicated? Don't commit a "violent felony" and you won't have your rights to privacy taken away. When you act in ways that could hurt the rest of the innocent population, yes, we are going to infringe on your rights to keep others safe. I do, however, agree with "innocent until proven guilty". The article says those who are "arrested" will have to give DNA. I would definitely agree that a person would have to be convicted in a fair trial before their "rights" (which are in my opinion priveleges for people who follow the law) were taken away. When someone is proven guilty of harming innocent people, though, I believe that it is neccessary to take certain measures to make sure they do not hurt anyone again.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    Or, Sara, perhaps people who care about their civil rights might be upset about this. You judge everyone on such simple terms when this is far more complicated than that. I heard this "the only people that should be upset about it are people who have something to hide" argument when the last administration was listening in on our phone lines too. Innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.
  • by Sara Location: East Lansing on Jul 1, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    Good! For everyone who does not agree with this, ask yourself if you would feel differently if someone you loved was killed and the only link to the murderer was DNA. If that DNA was in a database, wouldn't you be happy that a killer was brought to justice? It may be infringing upon our rights in some ways, but it is going to protect the innocent a lot more than it will hurt the guilty. In my opinion, the only people that should be upset about it are people who have something to hide.
  • by George Location: Lansing on Jul 1, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Another step into an Orwellian future... We need to fight this.
  • by Rob Location: Lansing on Jul 1, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    Anonymous: The government has a right to fire leadership in a company it owns majority stake in. Anyway, Put your tinfoil hats away guys, you have nothing to worry about if you're not out beating people up.
  • by Kris Location: Dansville on Jul 1, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    It's pretty simple. Don't get arrested, and you won't have to give a sample. Duh. What are you guys worried about?
  • by Gus Location: S. Lansing on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    Again...We are losing all rights in this country and people are just rolling over and accepting it! The government wont stop on this issue until they are allowed to take our DNA samples at the birthing rooms when children are first born! WAKE UP PEOPLE! YOU ARE LOSING YOUR RIGHTS AND YOU DON'T EVEN CARE
  • by sandy on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    why they jusy put everyone in the data base,that way theres no pointing the finger on race or anyone,its just about that way to get a job ,etc.
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