Office of the Attorney General
SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. continued his fight today against an attack on the state's innovative use of DNA to identify suspects of violent crimes, asserting that "DNA is the fingerprint of the 21st century."
In an argument before the federal court of appeals in San Francisco, Brown's office defended the state's voter-mandated collection of DNA from adults arrested for felonies.
"California is at the forefront of solving crimes through new and innovative uses of DNA technology, and I intend to do everything in my power to defend the state's ability to reduce crime by collecting DNA from those arrested for felonies," Brown said. "So far, DNA collected from arrestees has led to the identification of suspects in more than 970 rapes, murders and other very serious crimes," Brown added.