A drop of blood, a flake of skin, a single hair. These tiny human particles all contain enough DNA to be analyzed, cross-checked and linked to or away from individuals accused of committing violent crimes. Increasingly advanced DNA analysis techniques have inspired a wave of television dramas, crime thriller novels and action on the part of civil rights and victims rights advocates.
The truth will set you free, the saying goes. And increasingly advanced DNA analysis techniques have helped to both set innocent persons free from false accusations and wrongful imprisonment. However, there are negative consequences linked to increased reliance on DNA analysis in criminal justice matters.