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Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 arrestee DNA samples to crimes

Brianna’s Law – passed in Nevada in 2013 in honor of a 19 year old Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered – requires collection and database entry of DNA from people arrested for a felony. According to reporting in the Reno Gazette Journal, “Although the data is still preliminary, Gresko said the collection of DNA has hit matches on approximately 500 burglaries, 86 automobile burglaries, 62 robberies, three arsons, 23 attempted homicides and nine homicides including cold cases that date back decades. ”

The expansion of DNA collection to include arrestees is supported by the Maryland v. King Supreme Court decision, but is not without controversy. The American Civil Liberties Union, among others, worry these policies are an unjust intrusion into privacy rights.

Want to learn more about Brianna’s law and its outcomes in Nevada, please see this story by Siobhan McAndrew in the Reno Gazette Journal:

Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 DNA samples to crimes: THE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND OF A LAW NAMED FOR 19-YEAR-OLD BRIANNA DENISON

pgEd also offers a lesson about DNA and Crime, in which many of these issues are discussed in detail.

 

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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

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How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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