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Friday, July 09, 2010

You've heard about 'pre-crime'? Get ready for 'pre-victims'

I'm not sure what to make of this: In Dallas, the authorities are collecting DNA samples, offered voluntarily, from prostitutes and former prostitutes because it's likely those folks are going to be the victim of a violent crime. That way, if these women turn up dead or go missing, the police have their DNA on hand. It's not like the authorities are just throwing up their hands; the database is tied to a program that helps rehabilitate hookers. Still, it just feels a little weird ...

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