Navigation Links
Mothers of Victims Applaud Federal Effort to Collect DNA Upon Arrest
Date:4/17/2008

Law to Require DNA from Arrestees Will Solve and Prevent Crimes

CARLSBAD, N.M., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Several mothers of murdered children joined together in praising the efforts of US Attorney General Michael Mukasey in bringing forward a rule that will finally allow implementation of forensic DNA testing provisions enacted by Congress in late 2005. These families have each been active in advocating for arrestee laws in their own states. The federal law requires a DNA sample from anyone arrested under federal jurisdiction and for non-US citizens who face deportation. The group issued the following statement:

"We are not experts in public policy or genetic scientists. We are simply mothers whose children have been unfairly victimized by violent criminals. Families whose unspeakable journey has brought us to learn about the wonderful law enforcement tool of DNA and the unreasonable limits placed upon its use. We applaud the federal government in moving forward with these arrestee testing requirements -- not just because of our own experiences, but also with the hope of solving and more importantly preventing similar tragedies throughout the country. Moreover, the power of DNA benefits the entire criminal justice system -- it can exonerate the wrongly accused or convicted just as it identifies the true perpetrator.

"We believe that all Americans have a right to expect that our law enforcement will have access to the best tools available to correctly identify criminals, and what tool is better than DNA? For many victims, DNA is the ONLY evidence available to police in identifying suspects. Without it in many cases, justice would not be served. DNA can solve and prevent crime -- removing recidivist criminals from our streets. Arrestee and detainee testing will also mean that law enforcement can quickly focus on the right suspect, thereby saving investigatory resources for those crimes where DNA cannot play a role. And importantly, this law will also help to ensure against wrongful incarcerations of the truly innocent.

"Opponents of this law argue that arrested persons are presumed innocent and many may not be convicted. They argue that it is not "fair" to treat these individuals -- individuals who are suspected of breaking the law -- like criminals. But by using this same reasoning, we should not be collecting fingerprints either. Or mugshots. In fact, if we truly respect the rights and privacy of persons accused or suspected of crimes, we will not even solicit their names or drivers licenses. We should just politely ask if they have committed or intend to commit any other crimes we should know about, and then take them at their word. In Virginia, where the state has required DNA for these felony arrestees since 2003, there were already 400 matches of unsolved crimes to arrestee samples as of the end of 2007. And not once, since 2003 or since 1990 when the state's DNA program began, has there ever been an instance or even allegation of misuse of this database.

"DNA is, in the end, truth. And innocent, law abiding citizens are not afraid of the truth.

"We applaud Congress and the Federal Government in moving our country forward on this important public safety issue."

Joan Berry, Tennessee/Georgia

In memory of daughter Johnia Berry, who was murdered in 2004

http://www.johniaberry.org

Karen Foster, Alaska

In memory of daughter Bonnie Craig, who was raped and murdered in 1994

Jayann Sepich, New Mexico

In memory of daughter Katie Sepich, who was raped and murdered in 2003

http://www.katieslaw.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Jayann Sepich
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Center for Molecular Medicine Only Regional Provider of Test Suggested in FDA Alert on Prescribing Codeine to Nursing Mothers
2. Major EPA enforcement effort on nano-pesticide applauded
3. Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Applauds Expanded Influenza Vaccine Recommendation for Children
4. Novo Nordisk Applauds Adoption of World Diabetes Day Resolutions by U.S. Congress
5. FRC Applauds New Ballot Initiative for Cures Without Cloning
6. Limited transparency in federal nanotech research may hamper development
7. Slow federal action to oversee nanotechnology leaves room at the bottom
8. Hepatitis B Foundation Testifies Before Congressional Appropriation Committee and Urges More Federal Funding for Hepatitis B
9. Federal nanotech risk research plan still comes up short
10. Cephalon Statement on Federal Trade Commission Action Regarding PROVIGIL Patent Settlements
11. Federally-Funded Study Shows More Women Can Avoid Hysterectomy for Common Problem
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/15/2017)... Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2017 ... ... coffee production and is threatened by various biotic and abiotic factors. During this ... complex evolutionary history of coffee, as well as gain a better understanding of ...
(Date:8/14/2017)... , ... August 14, 2017 , ... ... essential device-to-computer interconnect using USB or PCI Express, announced the release of SYZYGY™, ... is intended to satisfy the need for a compact, low cost, low pin-count, ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2017 , ... ... launching a rebranding campaign this month that will incorporate important key elements including a ... to thank the community that has supported them, Bill Miller has partnered with the ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... ... August 09, 2017 , ... As a full-service marketing agency, ... customers with the right message. Their effective, cutting-edge inbound marketing strategies are available ... how crucial the agriculture industry is,” said David Phelps, chief marketing officer at ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/14/2017)... IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups at VivaTech ... startups and global businesses, taking place in Paris ... will showcase the solutions they have built with IBM Watson ... France is one of the most dynamic ... in the number of startups created between 2012 and 2015*, ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... -- Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ), an innovative and ... solutions, announced today they will participate as a sponsor ... May 17, 2017, in Washington D.C.,s ... Identity impacts the lives of billions of ... digital world, defining identity is critical to nearly every ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... May 5, 2017 RAM Group ... a new breakthrough in biometric authentication based on ... mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors ... material created by Ram Group and its partners. This ... transportation, supply chains and security. Ram Group is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):