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house Bill H.R. 777

Should Federal Funding for DNA Evidence Testing be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

DNA evidence can help in identifying criminals, successfully prosecuting crimes, and making communities safer. Reauthorizing the Debbie Smith Act will help law enforcement investigate crimes and close cold cases, including rapes, to give victims and families justice.

Austin's Opinion
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10/23/2019
DNA evidence has both helped to catch thousands of criminals and clear thousands of wrongly accused
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burrkitty's Opinion
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10/23/2019
DNA is a critical piece of evidence to victims of rapists finding justice. So many criminals go free because we lack the evidence of their wrongdoing. We must process this evidence and identify the criminals.
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Joanne 's Opinion
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10/23/2019
DNA evidence has both helped to convict and clear people. It is disheartening that so many rape cases weren't tested in many areas of the country, particularly Wayne County Michigan, allowing rapists to go undetected for years. YES, reauthorize.
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Argument opposed

DNA evidence can be wrong, leading to wrongful convictions of innocent people. The expansion of DNA testing raises the risk that faulty DNA results can lead to miscarriages of justice. This risk is elevated in the case of old evidence, which may be degraded due to age.

Danny's Opinion
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10/23/2019
Quit giving tax dollars away. Balance the budget.
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Loraki's Opinion
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10/25/2019
This is a state and local law enforcement issue. And HOW MUCH IS OUR NATIONAL DEBT NOW?! Congress, you need to spend our tax dollars more wisely and in a manner consistent with our Constitution.
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JTJ's Opinion
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10/23/2019
Do you believe that the government has been managing this well? No they have not. Not an appropriate function of the federal government. This is better managed and funded by the states.
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    DNA evidence has both helped to catch thousands of criminals and clear thousands of wrongly accused
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    Quit giving tax dollars away. Balance the budget.
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    DNA is a critical piece of evidence to victims of rapists finding justice. So many criminals go free because we lack the evidence of their wrongdoing. We must process this evidence and identify the criminals.
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    DNA evidence has both helped to convict and clear people. It is disheartening that so many rape cases weren't tested in many areas of the country, particularly Wayne County Michigan, allowing rapists to go undetected for years. YES, reauthorize.
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    Yes, it makes sense to process the backlog of cases. However, I think the funds would be better spent on a central high tech, high volume lab to expeditiously process stored evidence in a scientifically consistent manner, to remove arguments regarding the veracity of results, to ensure that stored evidence has not been corrupted through mishandling, and to generally be a resource to speed up DNA processing which is often a critical component of ongoing investigations. I would charge the FBI forensics people with oversight to ensure that high standards are maintained.
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    Absolutely! Only rapists would vote no.
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    The argument in favor fails to say that DNA will also provide life saving evidence for someone who is innocent of a crime as well, not just to convict the guilty.
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    Yes. Do not allow superstition and mythology to stand in the way of science.
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    DNA evidence has helped solve a lot of cold cases and even freed innocent individuals for crimes they did not commit.
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    This is a state and local law enforcement issue. And HOW MUCH IS OUR NATIONAL DEBT NOW?! Congress, you need to spend our tax dollars more wisely and in a manner consistent with our Constitution.
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    DNA evidence can help in identifying criminals, successfully prosecuting crimes, and making communities safer. Reauthorizing the Debbie Smith Act will help law enforcement investigate crimes and close cold cases, including rapes, to give victims and families justice.
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    Do you believe that the government has been managing this well? No they have not. Not an appropriate function of the federal government. This is better managed and funded by the states.
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    The program appears to have a lot of good points.
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    Local state issue state should be funding this not the federal government
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    Yes, DNA could help make our society a better one, so it is worth testing.
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    Federal funding? What a concept. If you feed a seagull a fish every day, the seagull will be back tomorrow for its handout. Why must the federal taxpayer's wallet be a piggy bank for the state? We certainly know that CA, NY, NJ or IL can't pay for DNA kits.
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    As a survivor of sexual assault I’m commonly asked why I didn’t report. Not only is the process mentally, financially (court), and physically demanding the rape kit backlog is one of the many ways that we have let down thousands of survivors. Voting yes on this important act is crucial and while I know it’s already passed unanimously in the Senate it should be a vote yes in the House of Representatives and can be with enough support. Continue to voice your opinion on this important act and further help survivors everywhere in any way you can.
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    DNA testing is a very important process to acquire evidence against individuals who committed crimes, but it has exonerated thousands who were wrongfully convicted for crimes they didn't commit and in some cases helped prevent innocent people from winding up in prison. It may mistakes some times, but this tool has many merits to keep it there not only because it can help identify who is responsible for a crime, but also protect the innocent from being punished for crimes they didn't commit. I would recommend congress reauthorize this initiative.
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    Yes, we should be doing all we can with DNA evidence to find & convict rapists. This will also be helpful to free those wrongly convicted for rapes they did not commit.
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    DNA rape cases testing needs to be funded
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