Jones v. Murray
United States. Court of Appeals. Fourth Circuit.
FEDERAL REPORTER, 2d Series 1992; 962: 302-315
The U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, upheld Virginia legislation requiring convicted felons to provide blood samples for a DNA bank designed to make future criminal identifications using DNA analysis. The court noted that lawfully arrested prisoners' Fourth Amendment rights were not violated because blood testing incarcerated felons for future identification is justified where governmental interest prevails over the "minor" intrusion. In addition, the right of privacy from routine searches of a prisoner's body cavity or jail cell is lost because their identity has become a legitimate state interest. The court limited its support, holding that such authority may not be used against mandatory parolees if prisoners refuse to comply.
Date of Decision: 1992 April 7
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