Aug. 20, 2004 – The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that federal parolees may have to give blood samples for a national DNA database. The decision overturned that of a lesser court, bringing it into line with appellate courts around the country. The law would affect prisoners, parolees and probationers sentenced for crimes including murder, sexual abuse and burglary.
The Court said that "by contributing to the solution of past crimes, DNA profiling of qualified federal offenders helps bring closure to countless victims of crime who long have languished in the knowledge that perpetrators remain at large."
The dissenters in the 6-5 decision harbored concerns about how the information might be used. "Even governments with benign intentions have proved unable to regulate or use wisely vast stores of information they collect regarding their citizens," wrote Judge Stephen Reinhardt.