This morning Governor Perdue will sign the DNA sampling bill in Greenville, NC (you can follow the live tweet of the signing here). HB1403, “Collecting DNA Sample on Arrest,” requires police to take DNA samples of suspects charged with serious crimes, including murder or rape. Then, the DNA sample will be entered into a larger DNA database with the hope of solving cold cases.
Civitas interns debated whether the bill infringed on our liberties or provides greater security here. And another intern pointed out the potential financial aid the state would gain if the bill were passed.
While the discussion of what conservatives and libertarians believe may be split, one point is clear, DNA sampling does help solve cases. According to WRAL, “the state’s DNA database has helped solve more than 1,400 cases.” In opening up DNA sampling to a greater population we can expect more cases to be solved after the legislation takes effect on February 1, 2011.
What do you think? Should DNA samples be collected when a suspected felon is arrested?