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kleigh
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Thescreamsofsilence
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DNA Databases/profiling

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Started: 4/10/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kleigh

Pro

One major problem in crime is the miss-representation for ethnic minorities and young people. This creates an anti-police attitude. In fact, two in five black men already have their DNA on record compared to fewer than one in ten whites. Justice cannot properly be given to those in a majority gender or ethnicity that holds more protection compared to the minorities. DNA profiling can eliminate the bias in crime by giving solid evidence towards who the perpetrator is. A computer does not discriminate against those of different color, age, and gender than the majority.

http://www.theweek.co.uk...
http://www.yourgenome.org...
Thescreamsofsilence

Con

The argument that you present may be true. but, the police can misuse this DNA Database. If there is a case in which there is a corrupt officer can give information to someone whom isn't qualified. Also DNA databases can have a backfire as well, If someone is in the wrong place at the wrong time you can be pinned for a crime. In that a lawyer in a court can use this database to falsely convict someone of a crime.
Debate Round No. 1
kleigh

Pro

You have a good point but DNA databases and profiling will protect the innocent. DNA profiling will vastly eliminate the leading causes of misconvinctions which are eyewitness misidentification, inproper forensic science, and misinformants. Using direct crosses between the database and evidence from the crime scene can rule-out innocent people being convicted. This can take away from the estimate of 10,000 innocent people prosecuted each year. Not to mention the estimated over 1,000 people since 1976 who have been executed or may still be on death row.

http://researchnews.osu.edu...
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
http://www.brighthub.com...
Thescreamsofsilence

Con

Preventing innocence comes with a price.
The labeling of people and the country will follow the introduction of the DNA databases. A computer would be uploaded with billions of DNA strands and nothing is perfect. The Idea behind the DNA database is strong yet, the country can be labeled because of its decisions. This can make the country seem invasive to privacy. Also, the costs of this database would cost billions of dollars and the databases would often be put to work because millions of people are born a day. that means there is an increased chance of the database misreading a strand. Also, being able to store this data will be a fragile system. what can happen if the area in which has a power outage. this would be to costly for the government and if that country is already in debt it would cause more harm than good.
Debate Round No. 2
kleigh

Pro

You say that people's privacy will be invaded but those who have nothing to hide have nothing to worry about. If those who do not have a criminal background (whether serious or not) or are planning on doing something in the future then they have no reason to be worried. The DNA profile will also only be viewed by a government worker and won't even be viewed if the person's own health, safety, or criminal background comes into question. Their privacy can very easily be maintained by through high-end security and as long as they have nothing to hide then they have no reason to worry.
Thescreamsofsilence

Con

Invasion of privacy is a government concieved thought process. that being said yes your right but revealing personal info is previlant with this Profiling attampet
Debate Round No. 3
kleigh

Pro

Yes, but aside from innocent people being convicted, there are plenty of unsolved cases that effect the population. DNA found not previously linked to a perpetrator can be linked to a match in the database. This could bring closure and comfort to the person(s) effected by the perpetrator's crime and brings justice towards the crime. There are 6,000 killers that get away each year, 25% of sexual assault cases go unsolved each year, and there are 900,000 abduction cases a year. Most of these cases involve perpetrators that have never committed a crime before. To eliminate this problem a DNA databases is needed.

http://www.8newsnow.com...
http://www.yourgenome.org...
http://www.brighthub.com...
http://www.crimelibrary.com...
Thescreamsofsilence

Con

The reasoning behind this percentage of Convicts dodging the conviction bullet is high because of problems that can involve DNA tracing. That does not mean that DNA is the only reason that these cases have been lost
Debate Round No. 4
kleigh

Pro

Yes, but DNA databasing also provides the social aspects of a population with many benefits. Say a child or person goes missing, if their DNA profile is in a government system then it would be easy to search for or identify the missing person. There are also health benefits. Once a person submits their DNA then a karyotype can show whether or not the person will be effected by a chromosomal disorder such as down's syndrome.
Thescreamsofsilence

Con

If i child has gone missing just because they have the DNA doesnt mean that the parents can find their child. It may increase the chance yet there isnt the possiblility, Also if they do the DNA database the way you said if someone submits there DNA that would mean that the people would have to volunteer. Therefor, the government wouldnt have a complete database, therefore it would cost more that it would payoff.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by merpmerpy 2 years ago
merpmerpy
Hannah M.^^
Posted by merpmerpy 2 years ago
merpmerpy
I feel as if the Con argument was most legitimate due to the citations and facts.
Posted by Djidebate00 2 years ago
Djidebate00
Both sides did a good job but i think the pro side did a better job because they supported their argument with more facts and explained more of the good than the con explained the bad. Djimon O.
Posted by JeremyWill47 2 years ago
JeremyWill47
I believe that the pros of this debate won. Mainly because they managed to back up what they were saying with sources and facts. I also believe that the cons could have won this debate but they lacked sources.

Jeremy Williams
period 4
Posted by kayleethegreatest 2 years ago
kayleethegreatest
I think DNA databases are a good thing. They help with crimes, and they can even help people who commit multiple crimes be caught. I think that it is very advantageous and does more good than it does bad.
Posted by Craigsgirl 2 years ago
Craigsgirl
I have to agree with the pro side. The sources were a bit stronger, as were the arguments. The con side did do a good job though. Overall it was a good debate.
~Miriam L
Posted by reneeyoung 2 years ago
reneeyoung
The pro side did a much better job arguing their points. They had convincing arguments and I believed that the pro side had better arguments.
Renee Young
Posted by BrothaDarkness 2 years ago
BrothaDarkness
I mean the Pro side
-L.H.
Posted by BrothaDarkness 2 years ago
BrothaDarkness
Both sides had good arguments, but con did slightly better. The con had supporting evidence and a resources that help his statement, will not plagiarizer.
Posted by thiskidthou 2 years ago
thiskidthou
I believe DNA data-basing should be allowed. I believe this because criminals that give their DNA in a crime and get caught are more likely to commit a crime again so itd be easier to find them if you already have the DNA. it could help crimes more easy to solve (hannah hays p4_)
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