The Georgia Department of Corrections may require incarcerated felons to submit saliva samples for DNA profiling, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A court panel held unanimously that collecting the samples does not violate constitutional guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure or an inmate’s right to privacy under either the U.S. or Georgia constitutions.
DNA profiles of each Georgia felon are to be submitted for analysis and storage in a data bank. The profiles can be released to federal state and local law enforcement officers. The Georgia law applies to all people convicted of felonies and incarcerated as of July 1, 2000, and all felons imprisoned after that date. Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor called Friday’s ruling “a victory for victims and their families,” saying, “The whole purpose of the DNA database was to make sure more crimes can be solved.”