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DNA EVIDENCE: Should There Be More Restrictions on How Law Enforcement Agents Collect, Store, and Use DNA Evidence?
Police officers are collecting DNA too often, storing it too long, and accessing it too freely, invading the privacy of millions of Americans. Current practices violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and more restrictions are essential.
DNA is a valuable tool for identifying criminals and preventing serious and violent crimes. Restricting how law enforcement agents collect and access DNA would make it harder to catch dangerous offenders. Current practices do not violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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