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NJ Lawmaker Wants Officials To Obtain DNA Samples From Anyone Arrested In The State

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey lawmaker wants law enforcement officials to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested in the state.

Republican Assemblyman Gary Chiusano says the legislation he introduced this week would help authorities solve more crimes and would be no more invasive than fingerprinting. It would allow those who are not convicted to petition a judge to remove their information from the state’s DNA database.

Those who refuse to provide a sample could face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Currently, only those convicted of crimes are required to provide DNA samples in New Jersey.

Critics say the measure would place an additional, expensive burden on local police departments. Some also say it violates the U.S.

Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • sammi

    why don’t we build a gallows for anyone jaywalking?

  • Citizen #9629518-R

    So let me get this right. I am going to the beach and I am arrested for a robbery by a guy who looks a lot like me. 2 hours later I am released with a sincere we are sorry. But now the time, hassle, and any expense to have my very personal information removed is on me. I am not really that into religion but it makes me wonder if the revelations “mark of the beast” thing might have some truth to it yet. SO what’s next Herr Lawmakers, tattoo bar codes to go with. Oh, and ITZ’s idea sounds REAL good to me. Let’s put that up to a vote instead.

  • No. 20

    Why don’t we just build a massive database with everyone’s dna, we could even include puppies.

  • itz

    For a state that is so broke, the compassionate repuknics, sure can find way to pee away money. I think that all NJ legislatures should first submit pee and dna and polygraph testing before running for office. See if they have commited crimes, will commit crimes and if they tell the truth while campaigning.

  • rc

    why do we have far rights tea baggers in NJ? why not collect is DNA? so 1st this idiot loves innocent people arrested now more harrasment and collect thier DNA? nazi country that we even have lawmakers like this. its time to fingerprint, DNA and jail these lawmakers for good, why is it only they have rights?

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