Supreme Court Rules DNA Can Be Taken After Arrest

Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database…

Expert quote:

“This is not just searching somebody’s purse or knapsack who’s been placed under arrest — or even searching their car. We’re searching their person in a situation where we don’t have any basis for the search other than the fact that the guy’s been arrested.”

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