A new bill that was recently introduced on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives could have some big impacts on those convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes in the state.
In fact, according to the provisions of this bill, people convicted of any of the following eight misdemeanor offenses would be subject to DNA testing:
- Reckless endangerment
- Criminal mischief
- Violating a protection order
- Child abuse
- 3rd degree assault.
Why DNA Test these Convicts? Crime Prevention & Public Safety, Supporters Say…
This bill, which is sponsored Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Roxborough Park, and Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, has gained significant bipartisan support. That’s because, as supporters have noted, if this bill were to become law, it could help:
- Law enforcement officials solve unsolved crimes
- The wrongfully convicted be exonerated.
Additionally, since research has shown that those who commit/are convicted of any of the abovementioned offenses will be more likely to commit violent crimes, the bill’s supporters are hoping that DNA testing could:
- Deter such violent crimes; and/or
- Help police arrest these people sooner if they do end up committing violent crimes.
Opposition to this Colorado DNA Testing Bills Seems to Be Mounting
Despite the support, not everyone is for this Colorado DNA testing bill, as there has been some prominent opposition to it – particularly from ACLU. The problem with this bill, as the ACLU and other civil liberty advocates have pointed out, is that it continues to infringe on people’s privacy.
In fact, while the DNA testing associated with this bill has alarmed these opponents, so too has the notion that:
- The bill does not seem to specify for how long such DNA information would be retained by law enforcement agencies.
- This could open up the door for such info to be kept indefinitely by these agencies.
Additionally at this point, it’s unclear:
- Who will have access to the DNA records (once input into a database)
- How much it will end up costing to conduct DNA testing and maintain these records
- Who would pay for these costs.
So, what do you think? Do you agree that the privacy concerns are eclipsed by the public safety concerns? Or do you think this bill may go too far? Post your comments and thoughts about this on our Facebook & Google+ pages.
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