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Colorado DNA Collection Law in Full Effect

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

October 1, 2010

Beginning today, Colorado's "Katie's Law" goes into effect, meaning law enforcement in the state will collect and store DNA from anyone arrested of a felony. KWGN reports that the law, designed to help connect suspects with unsolved crimes, is drawing criticism from the Colorado American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "This kind of search of innocent persons to see if they might have some connection with a crime not connected to the crime for which they're arrested violates our constitution, it violates the right of privacy," said the ACLU's Mark Silverstein. Denver district attorney and sponsor of the bill, Mitch Morrissey, says the law will be valuable for catching serial offenders.
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