HB 2751 Now HB 2941 DNA DATABASE
MAY 20, 2010
URGENT-DNA Collection upon Arrest-HB2751 by Rep Denney has been apparently beenrolled into HB 2941 which seems be even moredamaging to civil liberties than Denney’soriginal bill. HB 2941 would allow forcollection of DNA on ALL felony arrests andexpands to even more misdemeanors!
On March 9, 2010 the Oklahoma House of Representatives Passed
which would require persons
for certain crimes to submit todeoxyribonucleic acid DNA testing. This bill follows onthe heels of SB 1102authored by Sen. Jonathon Nichols,R-Norman, and Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, passed lastsession that adds certain misdemeanors to the list of crimes for which DNA can be collected.
Rep. Denney along with many proponents of expanding DNA collection to arrestees are ona heartfelt but misguided crusade to savevictims and their families from the torment of delayed justice. They contend that byentering more DNA into state and federaldatabases that more crimes, both past andfuture, will be solved.The fact is that the backlog of DNA waiting fortesting that has plagued forensics labs isincreasing at an alarming rate due to theinclusion of ever more qualifying offense fromwhich DNA is collected , analyzed andwarehoused. These backlogs cause delayed justice to victims and allow perpetrators tocommit more crimes before being brought to justice.
The DNA Debacle: How the Federal Government Botched the DNA Backlog Crisis
“There are backlogs around the country that areimpeding the labs’ and the prosecutors’ and the police’sability to solve the cases when the information is sitting right there. Partially it’s because, politically, it sounds great to rack up the hits and to tell everyone we’re going to collect the DNA from offenders as if, you know, it’s some magic solution to crime problems
Director of the Innocence ProjectThe F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles,expects to accelerate its growth rate from 80,000 newentries a year to 1.2 million by 2012 — a 15-fold increase.F.B.I. officials say they expect DNA processing backlogs — which now stand at more than 500,000 cases — toincrease.
“Justice delayed is justice denied for the families of victims”
Rep Lee Denney
I agree. And collecting more and moresamples in reality is preventing victims fromgaining justice and allowing perpetrators tocommit more crimes
Proponents of DNA database expansion bycollecting samples of arrestees assert thatthere is little chance for harm to come fromsuch collection compared to the benefits. Infact, Rep Denney argues that as a suspectshe would want her DNA taken because itmight prove her innocence. RED HERRING-Itdoesn’t work this way.It is the DNA from the actual crime scenewhich is the
that may prove ordisprove guilt NOT the database profileswhich are desired for the purpose of producing cold hits and is also useful for inidentifying unknown corpses.There are many, many cases that reveal thatthe wrongly convicted are routinely preventedfrom accessing DNA testing in order toexonerate themselves.Oklahoma is actually one of the few statesthat has no law in place specifically dealingwith post conviction DNA testing.
Do we have a bill that will provide access tothis technology for those who maintain thatthey are innocent?