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Prosecutors Urged To Collect DNA in Plea Bargains

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

August 23, 2010

New York prosecutors are being urged to collect DNA samples as part of plea bargains in all misdemeanor cases after a bill proposing to do just that got stuck in the legislature, The Associated Press reports. The Department of Criminal Justice Services' acting commissioner wrote to 62 county district attorneys last week encouraging the idea, which is aimed at preventing violent crimes. The New York Civil Liberties Union opposes the idea, which would roughly double the current state database. "DAs must resist this kind of pressure and continue reaching plea bargaining agreements as they always have," a spokeswoman said.
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