The racial disparity in criminal arrests and convictions in the United States—especially felony drug offenses— is echoed and potentially exaggerated in DNA databases.
The racial and civil liberties issues associated with these databases were the topics of a conference sponsored by CRG in June of 2008. The event, titled Forensic DNA Databanks and Race: Issues, Abuses and Actions, brought together scientists, scholars, and racial justice activists. Several keynote speakers also submitted full-length papers. These landmark works are featured below:
DRUG ARRESTS AND DNA: Building Jim Crow’s Database by Harry G. Levine, Jon B. Gettman, Craig Reinarman and Deborah Peterson Small
Prejudice, Stigma and DNA Databases by Helen Wallace, GeneWatch UK