Sanders v. Coman
United States. District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Western Division
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENT 1994; 864: 496-502
The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, held that inmates could be forced to give blood samples to a DNA identification data bank. The data would be used to assist law enforcement efforts in identifying individuals suspected of committing crimes, missing persons, and victims of mass disasters. The court found that individualized suspicion was not necessary to obtain the samples and that use of reasonable force to ensure compliance was not unconstitutional, since it was not applied for the purpose of causing harm or punishment.
Date of Decision: 11 October 1994
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