Will the use of a National DNA Database decrease crime or increase government intrusion into the population of the United States?
So far Britain has taken full advantage of this latest scientific detective, but some are skeptical as to whether the United States will be able to handle such a controversial database. The FBI, confident in their decisions say that the DNA database, which holds the DNA of past criminals, will significantly lower the crimes committed by rape criminals and repeat offenders. The debatable section of this DNA method is that many feel it gives the government too much control of very personal information, possibly getting into the wrong hands and resulting in massive destruction.
Britain seems to have completely gained from the database, and advocates the use of this system. Of course, if any advancement scientific or not could help reduce crimes from happening, the government should be behind it. However the privacy issue and safety standards are still there and must be recognized. On one hand, think about how greatly the crime rate will drop. On the other hand, if somehow exposed, what would some people do with this private information. This is databatable of course, but I feel that if it will help reduce crimes, making the streets safer, than I am all for it, consequences and all. More lives will be saved this way, and the government has control.
DNA testing has overthrown the way police collect evidence in a number of criminal cases, especially rape and murder and consequently had a large impact on many past cases. However there are many disadvantages to DNA testing, such as a challenge of accuracy, the costs of DNA testing and the possible misuse of DNA. The prospect of a national DNA database in Australia has been heavily criticised ...
Testing in Britain so far seem to be successful. “…if you could get them on the database early, you may prevent serious crime.” David Warrett, manager for the DNA Database in England, feels that the database is necessary in the advancement over crime. England seems to have leaped over their hurdles, and so far no negativity has come back from this program. What is to say that the government can’t try this out. Either way, the government from what I understand already has DNA samples, Rhode Island being the last state to set up the database.
A lower crime rate is obviously what the US is striving for. This DNA program if successful could eventually increase the power over criminals, pushing the crime rate to an all time low. Of course there will be issues and problems that will arise with this practice, but hopefully nothing to severe that will escalate. As for the government, as long as there is outside privacy and a strong security system for the DNA database, my thought on it would be to go through with the database, and we will see how effective and useful the database will be.