Expansion of DNA Databases in the United States: An Analysis
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The powerful technology of the CODIS system is a potentially invaluable crime-fighting tool but at the same time a potentially devastating encroachment on the very freedoms we seek to protect through law enforcement. To examine this paradox fully, we must trace the roots of the CODIS system beginning at its inception and various legislative roots at both the state and national levels. From there, we will examine constitutional challenges and judicial rulings regarding the system. Finally, we will examine the continued objections to the program and where the United States is heading in terms of genetic typing, crime-fighting and civil liberties.