Currently, the use of familial DNA searches in the United States ranges from outlawed to unregulated. Without clear and meaningful legislation for utilizing this powerful law enforcement tool, states risk missing the opportunity to generate positive leads in investigations, or infringing on the rights of their citizens. In Illinois, through the implementation of a thoughtful policy, familial DNA testing should be approved for use in certain prescribed situations. This paper details the scientific background of DNA testing, the usefulness in investigations, and the implication of violating privacy rights. This paper concludes with a proposal for an Illinois rule that outlines a viable implementation.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Support of Familial DNA Testing in Illinois Criminal Investigation,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 38:
3, Article 3.
Alexandra Aherne, Comment, Support of Familial DNA Testing in Illinois Criminal Investigation , 38 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 553 (2018).