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The Ongoing Debate About Collecting DNA After An Arrest, But Before A Conviction

By Nicole Cain M.S., full-time faculty member at American Military University

Does the collection of DNA samples from those arrested for specific offenses—but not convicted—encroach on the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizures or is it an effective investigative tool?

The goal of criminal investigators is to identify and apprehend criminal offenders.