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California’s DNA Collection Program Faces Opposition

California’s DNA collection program continues to be challenged by civil libertarians who say the program is too broad. Currently in California, when a person is arrested for a felony, he or she is required to submit a mouth swab that is processed and stored in a state data bank. Under the state’s DNA collection program, expungement isn’t automatic even if the charges are dropped or the person is acquitted. In order to have the DNA removed from the database in California, persons have to apply, even if the charges are dropped. In other states, the terms of the DNA collection...

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Jail Time: No Good for Juveniles

It has been estimated that on any given day more than 70,000 young people are held in juvenile detention facilities across the United States. This is the highest rate of any developed nation. According to a recent a study, jail time actually teaches our youth how to be better criminals, rather than teaching them to be productive members of society. When children and teens are sentenced to jail, they usually have a more difficult time reentering society than those who are given alternative punishments such as work-release programs and boot camp. According to Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman,...

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NTSB Urges States to Lower Drunk Driving Limit to .05

With talk of lowering the legal blood alcohol limit, the federal government is considering offering incentives to states that lower the legal limit to .05 from the current level of .08. By lowering the legal alcohol limit, the government hopes to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. The suggestion to lower the legal limit came from The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). If the legal limit is reduced to .05, that would mean an average 170 male would be close to the DUI limit after drinking about three beers and a woman weighing around 120...