During the last 20 years, DNA analysis has developed into one of law enforcement’s most effective crime fighting tools. DNA analysis allows laboratory personnel to match biological samples from suspects to crimes scenes, crime scenes to other crime scenes and even crime scenes to family members of the suspects. DNA analysis has gained the attention of legislators for its ability to aid law enforcement in reducing crime, catching repeat offenders and exonerating those wrongfully convicted of crimes.
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Actions in some states reflect the uncertainty and concern about the potential adverse effects of biometric tracking. At least 19 states restrict using, disclosing or sharing biometric data and at least 20 states have enacted legislation to protect the personal biometric information of students or minors. Read our Legisbrief here.
Forensic Science Laws Database
States utilize DNA analysis for many crime fighting purposes. NCSL’s DNA Laws Database identifies key issues in DNA analysis and summarizes state laws to regulate them.