AirTalk for September 17, 2009

Orange County DNA

Orange County now is offering to drop charges for people who have only been arrested if they provide a DNA sample. The plan applies to nonviolent misdemeanors such as petty theft, trespassing, and low-level drug possession. Supporters hope the plan will serve as a crime deterrent as well as an investigative tool, while critics charge that it would pressure people to give up their rights by providing a DNA sample without having been convicted. Larry Mantle finds out more about the policy.


Susan Schroeder, Public Affairs Counsel for the OC District Attorney's office

Wayne Quint Jr., President of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs

Jennifer Mnookin, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

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