Bryn Stole and Daneille Maddox Kinchen report:
A dozen years ago, just after Derrick Todd Lee was arrested and tied to a string of killings in south Louisiana, the state counted 12,000 DNA profiles in its database designed to help solve crimes.
Now, it has about 40 times as many.
Law enforcement officials and legislators say this large database provides a powerful tool for detectives, offering fresh leads on otherwise cold cases and helping link unknown suspects to unsolved crimes. But many civil libertarians worry the program has gone too far, harvesting DNA from potentially innocent people — those arrested but not yet convicted — in a manner that oversteps constitutional boundaries.
Read more on New Orleans Advocate.
Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.