Monday, April 28, 2008

Washington Post explores frontiers of forensic DNA science

In a series of articles on the expanded use of DNA in the criminal justice system, the Washington Post looks at U.S. government plans to collect samples from those arrested but not convicted, the use of family DNA to make arrests, and the potential for 'deeper examination' of the accused, as genetic screening of newborns raises privacy concerns.
The Post series makes a great matched set with Grits' recent discussion of DNA evidence based on lectures at the 3rd annual Actual Innocence Conference, giving indepth reports on several topics discussed at that event.

RELATED: From CrimProf Blog, Washington State calls for improvements to remedy evidence accuracy problems