New DNA law ties suspects to 40 unsolved Colo. crimes.") The law requires law enforcement to take DNA from all people arrested on suspicion of a felony. The DNA is put into a national database to see if it matches any unsolved crimes across the country.

The Libertarian Party of Colo and the Gadsden Society fought this bill.

We readily conceded that it helps law enforcement. That was never the issue.

The issue is the State taking your DNA and putting it into a national database before you have been convicted of ANYTHING.

Undoubtedly, taking DNA from infants at birth and putting it into a national database would help law enforcement, as well. Helping law enforcement should not be the only consideration - The Fourth Amendment should be considered, too.

"Conservatives" often chastise "progressives" for defending some expensive social program on the basis of it "saving just one life!" When it comes to law enforcement, all too often, "conservatives" make the same argument. They certainly did during debate on this bill two years ago.

Your privacy is not as important as law enforcement.

Colorado law enforcement held a press conference yesterday touting the effectiveness of “Katie’s Law.” (See “New DNA law ties suspects to 40 unsolved Colo. crimes.“) The law requires law enforcement to take DNA from all people arrested on suspicion of a felony. The DNA is put into a national database to see if it matches any unsolved crimes across the country.

The Libertarian Party of Colo and the Gadsden Society fought this bill.

We readily conceded that it helps law enforcement. That was never the issue.

The issue is the State taking your DNA and putting it into a national database before you have been convicted of ANYTHING.

Undoubtedly, taking DNA from infants at birth and putting it into a national database would help law enforcement, as well. Helping law enforcement should not be the only consideration – The Fourth Amendment should be considered, too.


“Conservatives” often chastise “progressives” for defending some expensive social program on the basis of it “saving just one life!” When it comes to law enforcement, all too often, “conservatives” make the same argument. They certainly did during debate on this bill two years ago.
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