Governor Pushes for DNA Crime Database Expansion
In a move supported by prosecutors, police chiefs and crime victims' advocates, Gov. David Paterson Tuesday proposed expanding the state DNA database by requiring samples from everyone who has committed a misdemeanor under the state's Penal Law…But Robert Perry, legislative director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, said it's an open question whether adding tens of thousands of samples actually enhances public safety. He said there's a lack of regulation and oversight to protect the DNA databank's integrity. "When you massively increase the database, by definition you increase the propensity for human error to enter into the process," Perry said. "You pose an immediate and fundamental risk to due process and privacy."