Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

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Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

Prosecutors in Orange County, California, are allegedly maintaining a huge, unauthorized database of DNA samples, largely taken from people accused of minor crimes. But attorneys say the mandate didn’t authorize a private database outside of CODIS or the California DNA Data Bank Program. No laws permit the maintenance of these databases, nor are their laws governing their use.”The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, however, says Proposition 69 allows them to maintain the database, according to Kimberly Edds, a spokesperson for the district attorney. But almost all misdemeanor plea deals in Orange County are conditioned on providing a DNA sample, according to Roth. “The OCDA DNA collection program has solved crimes that would have never been solved,” Spitzer said in a statement to VICE News.

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