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Bill would require DNA from all misdemeanor convicts

The measure would require those convicted of misdemeanors to submit DNA samples. Those samples would be entered into a database where it would be compared with DNA found at scenes of unsolved crimes.

Colorado ACLU policy director Denise Maes said the proposal raises privacy concerns because of genetic information in DNA that will remain in a database for an indeterminate amount of time, along with an expansion of DNA collection that first began with tracking violent offenders after their release from prison.

“I’m really not sure where this mission ends,” Maes said. “Might as well just put a little chip in us, don’t you think, when we’re born? It’s not seeming so outrageous when you have bill like this.”

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