Rapid DNA: is it progress or is it a problem?
You can order a DNA report and get it faster than a dominoes pizza on a Friday night. You can now receive a DNA report in ninety minutes, it is a technique called “Rapid DNA. “ In the past it took weeks to obtain DNA results.
The first time Rapid DNA was used was in 2013. This technique helped convict burglars who stole $30,000 worth of items from an Airbase in Florida.
Bipartisan support from both Congress and the Senate were expressed for this bill. Now, this law is waiting to be signed by the president. This law will let Rapid DNA be utilized amongst law enforcement.
This law is titled: HR 510 Rapid DNA act of 2017. The intentions of the rapid DNA act are to quickly determine if someone who was just arrested is a rapist. In addition to that, the Rapid DNA act can possibly prove that someone is innocent.
The people who support this bill feel that tax dollars will be saved as DNA results can be expedited efficiently. This bill will lessen the backlog of DNA waiting to be tested.
Opponents of the HR 510 rapid DNA act of 2017 state a violation of privacy. By law, DNA samples can be taken without a warrant. It can be expected that more DNA will be taken from criminals and those arrested for anything. For low level offenses this may be misleading as multiple DNA can be traced to multiple people, this could possibly incriminate someone who could be innocent. What is alarming is the rapid DNA technique may render a rape kit extinct. The technique of rapid DNA has only been tested in single source DNA, such as a cotton swab in the mouth. Therefore, it may not be effective in multiple sources of DNA.
A cop can plant evidence on you. That has been proven time and time again in news stories. Let us hope and pray that with the enactment of the Rapid DNA law it is not possible for a cop to plant an individual’s DNA on a crime scene to incriminate someone.