Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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Mandatory DNA Sampling Under Fire

New Hampshire is addressing a growing-and often controversial-practice of collecting DNA samples of all criminal offenders upon their arrival in prison. The state, which currently collects samples from all individuals convicted of sexual offenses and adults convicted of "violent crime," is suspending its practice of collecting samples from juveniles convicted of non-sexual offenses until the legality of the practice can be confirmed. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has opposed the practice as overly intrusive and beyond the reach of the statute allowing the collection of samples from certain individuals.



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