Expanding New York's DNA Database: The Future of Law Enforcement

Citation data:

Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol: 26, Issue: 5, Page: 1635

Publication Year:
1999
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Repository URL:
http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ulj/vol26/iss5/13
Author(s):
Schumacher II, Robert W.
Publisher(s):
FLASH: The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History
Tags:
Fourth Amendment; law enforcement; DNA; database; search and seizure; Law; Science and Technology Law
article description
This Article discusses a proposal by New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir to expand New York's DNA Database. The proposal would allow the police to obtain DNA from anyone arrested for a recordable offense. The Article describes how DNA is used by law enforcement from the molecular level to DNA databases. The Article then describes Safir's proposal, including the controversy surrounding Fourth Amendment privacy concerns and fears of potential misuse of the DNA information by law enforcement. Despite these concerns, in light of New York's recidivism rates, crime trends, administrative costs, and investigative efficiency, the Article argues that Safir's plan is effective law enforcement tool that does not overly intrude on Fourth Amendment rights.