Writing Graffiti Could Land You in DNA Bank
Reuters reported yesterday that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to expand the state’s criminal DNA database to include anyone convicted of committing any crime in the state’s Penal Law. In the past, only criminals convicted of felonies and serious misdemeanors would be required to enter the database. Now, you could have your DNA put on record for writing graffiti and even jumping subway turnstiles.
Currently 46% of convicts are required to submit their DNA. Cuomo stated that current law does not include “numerous crimes that are often precursors to violent offenses.” If passed, the provision would make the NY database the largest in the country.
Critic’s of the orwellian proposal say that lawmakers and law enforcement are suffering from “the CSI effect” and are ignoring the fallibility of DNA evidence. Either way, passage of this law will leave a lasting change on crime fighting in the state.