A Constitutional Debate on Collecting DNA At Arrest in Georgia

Prosecutors in Georgia are pushing lawmakers to pass an initiative that would allow for the collection of DNA at individuals’ arrests, as opposed to after convictions. The prosecutors believe that this practice would be in line with Supreme Court decisions that allow for collection of DNA within the Fourth Amendment, specifically the holding in Maryland v. King. Prosecutors also rely on the fact that collecting DNA is becoming easier and easier with improved technology. Advocates are mainly concerned with catching violent, serial predators before they have the opportunity to harm more individuals. Read on, here.

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