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Does Collecting Arrestees’ DNA Cut Crime? Preliminary Data Suggest Not

In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their DNA records expunged from the FBI database if they go […]

Is the FBI Interested in Using Your Family’s DNA Against You?

Imagine a scenario in which the United States government is interested in tracking you down and has obtained a DNA sample through some means: a used coffee cup, perhaps, or a clump of hair. Imagine that the U.S. government doesn’t have a record of your DNA to match it against, but has DNA samples of […]

Which States Are Most Heavily Warehousing Your DNA? Why?

This spring, the FBI expanded its practice of warehousing DNA sample data, expanding from samples of criminal convicts to samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime. As a result, the FBI has been adding new samples to its database (which goes by the names of CODIS and NDIS) at […]