Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NATIONAL DNA DATA COLLECTION

Earlier this week, Chuck Schumer made that announcement that he would introduce legislation that would mandate DNA testing and storage of that information for all persons charged with a serious offence.  

Our state is way behind on this issue. How it is that 23 other states have such a DATA base and the Empire State doesn't, escapes me. New York State has it's fair share of violent crime, so let's not kid ourselves. I suggest the state to, not only join the rest of the DNA network, but have the federal government mandate this system across the nation.
I personally don't see collecting DNA as some kind of personal rights violation, as some would suggest. Some have stated that the cost to our law enforcement system would be daunting. Schumer's plan would provide money to get states to use tools that could tie violent criminals to past crimes in which their involvement went undetected.

At a press conference in Syracuse, Senator Schumer said "Providing police officers and district attorneys access to a DNA database is like turning on a light switch. Much more is illuminated."

He continued: "Our bill would provide financial incentives for states to set up these databases. It will not only put criminals behind bars, but it will also save money. DNA is far more accurate and when our police and our detectives and our DAs have it at their fingertips, they can solve crime more quickly."
In the county's Government Operations & Efficiency Committee, we are set with the task of reviewing mandates that the State and Fed place on the local municipalities. This would no doubt affect the Sheriff's Department here in Ulster. Funding is always the issue and with this case, if our Senator can get the cost of DATA collection and maintenance covered financially, I don't see where the GOE would have any problems.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I fail to see how advocating for DNA-testing-for-all would be considered "progressive". Schumer should know better than to head down this slippery slope. We'll all have ID cards in the near future if he lets them have their way.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe we could start with elected officials like Mr. Schumer?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure when fingerprints were first collected there was an outcry too.
It's simple...don't want your DNA in a database..then don't do a crime.

Anonymous said...

Most of us do have ID cards already...it's called a driver's license. Ever had to show it as ID?....Duh!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so ready for a national ID. The crying over state's individuality is over rated. Get the bio-chip details hammered out and get everyone logged in. If you don't have anything to hide, why hesitate? It's like a lie detector test. Git Er Done.

Anonymous said...

Dont you think the Gov Ops & Efficiency committee will have their hands full with the DEP lawsuit initiated by the County? That will be a touchy and very expensive subject that will require careful handling so as to keep taxpayers costs down. Can Schumer's new mandate really be studied the way you'd hope?

Anonymous said...

The position that anyone charged,not convicted,should be subject to D.N.A. testing is a violation of constitutional rights.Schumer is a joke. He is a hawk and appears not to be concerned about human rights.He should step aside for Hinchey a true democrat.

Anonymous said...

If politicians like Sen. Schumer were banned from using the pronoun "I" in a sentence, they would be rendered speachless. Not a bad idea, huh?