Commit a Misdemeanor? Hand Over Your DNA

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produced by Elaine Grant

Is it a fantastic crime fighting tool? Or a creepy invasion of privacy? Under a controversial bill in the state legislature, people convicted of certain misdemeanors would have to submit their DNA to law enforcement. We debate the proposal with Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, who helped craft the bill, and, from the opposition, Denise Maes, public policy director for the Denver chapter of the ACLU.

Below, see the list of misdemeanors included, then weigh in on our Facebook page.

Assault in the third degree

Sexual Assault

Unlawful sexual contact

Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist

Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification

Failure to register as a sex offender


Criminal mischief

First degree criminal tampering

Defacing property

Criminal operation of a device in a motion picture theater

Theft of Sound Recordings

Unlawful recording of a live performance

Trafficking in unlawfully recorded live performances

Second degree forgery

Use of forged academic record

Criminal simulation

Trademark counterfeiting

Fraud by check

Defrauding a secured creditor or debtor

Issuing a false financial statement

Unlawful activity concerning the selling of land

Electronic mail fraud

Unauthorized use of a financial device

Criminal possession of a financial device

Criminal possession of an identification document

Computer crime

Distributing abortifacients

Child abuse

Violation of a protection order

Neglect of at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles


Patronizing a prostitute

Public indecency

Indecent exposure