The government should not have the authority to collect an innocent person's DNA without their permission.

Some legislation proposed in recent years would require law enforcement to collect a person's DNA when they are arrested for allegedly committing a felony offense. The US Constitution guarantees that all people are innocent until proven guilty – and this includes the time of arrest and all legal proceedings, until and unless a person is convicted. However, some proposals would require the government to collect and retain a person's DNA even if they are never charged with a crime or are charged but never convicted of a crime.


2022 General Assembly