• Petitioned New York State Assembly, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver

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New York State Assembly, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver

Expand New York State's DNA Database

    1. Catherine Cohen
    2. Petition by

      Catherine Cohen

      Phoenix, AZ

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March 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Catherine Cohen: "New York State Assembly, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver: Expand New York State's DNA Database was successful. New York State has expanded the database of required DNA to include more criminals. All because of the efforts on the internet and this petition site."

Recently a violent criminal was caught in New York State only because he had to submit to DNA testing after being caught and convicted of another, much lesser crime.

Gov. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Duffy want to expand New York State's DNA databank - something that some officials say could solve crimes and prevent repeat offenses from criminals. Local law enforcement is in favor of such an expansion of the database. It will solve more cases and law enforcement will rely less on faulty witnesses and more on scientific evidence.

Expanding the state's DNA databank would mean adding 400 different crime categories, including all felonies and all misdemeanors. This is important because often violent criminals have also committed lesser crimes. If their DNA is in the database for a lesser crime the database can be checked when more violent crimes occur.

This is NOT a violation of rights. If you are a convicted criminal, you already have a record, your finger prints are already on file. The DNA sample will simply be one more scientific piece of evidence to help catch criminals. And it is one of the most compelling pieces of evidence because it also frees the innocent.

Recent signatures

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    1. Almost at 300

      Catherine Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      A press conference is being held in NY on Tuesday. Mariska Hargarty will be in attendance which will give this cause more media attention. Media pressure on politicians often helps. So does the pressure put on them by their constituency. Please forward this petition to your friends and family and get them to sign.

      First step is showing the media this petition. We will continue to keep the petition open until the hearing in a few weeks. We want to see 500 signatures by Tuesday, Valentine's Day (show the love!) and then by the hearing we really need 1000 signatures. Can you please help?

      Catherine

    2. Reached 250 signatures
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      Catherine Cohen
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached our first hundred signers but we need to do more. If each of you can get just 2 more people to sign, we will reach over 300 signers. Please post on Facebook and Tweet this link. Thank you.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • CARMEN FONTAINE WILLISTON PARK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      There is no option we need this to make NY a safer place. Thank you

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    • Marissa Levinson FLUSHING, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      ITS THE MORAL THING TO DO!

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    • Elliot J. Simon BAY TERRACE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Aide law enforcement to catch criminals with scientific accuracy.

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    • Patti Bansbach HUNTINGTON STATION, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it will make it easier for criminals to get caught and for them to be convicted (and, by extension, to protect society).

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    • Allison Lovett MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      we would have the ability to apprehend more dangerous criminals (who are proven likely to commit misdemeanors after a larger crime) if we we expand the NY State DNA databank.

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