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Should Law Enforcement Collect DNA From Low-Level Offenders?

An Isolated sample of DNA .
An Isolated sample of DNA .
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Some law enforcement officials are at odds with the idea of collecting DNA from low-level and nonviolent offenders.

Overcrowded crime labs and delays are just a couple arguments against the initiative.  But Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has said the initiative will make the state safer because collecting more DNA will lead to solving more crimes. 

The decision of whether to expand DNA collection will ultimately land in the hands of California voters in 2020.

Larry sits down with retired Judge James P. Gray and Democratic State Assemblymember Jim Cooper.


Jim Cooper, Democratic California State Assemblymember representing District 9, which includes Sacramento and San Joaquin County communities of Elk Grove, Lodi and Galt; he is a former captain at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department; he tweets @AsmJimCooper

Judge James Gray, retired judge from the Orange County Superior Court; former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles (1989 - 2009)