Supreme Court allows police to take DNA sample after an arrest
David G. SavageWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for police to take DNA samples from all people arrested in serious crimes, a major step toward expanding a national database that will match new suspects to evidence from old crime scenes.
The decision means that a mouth swab for DNA is likely to become as common as taking fingerprints and a mug shot of those who are taken to a police station under arrest.
That's a major victory for investigators, who say DNA testing is the most effective way to catch serial rapists, killers and other violent criminals. Joined by victims rights advocates, they have pressed for more widespread testing of suspects.
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"Supreme Court allows police to take DNA sample after an arrest", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2013. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/supreme-court-allows-police-to-take-dna-sample-after-an-arrest