Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding calls for change in DNA collection procedures

AlbemarleAlbemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding is advocating for an expansion of Virginia’s DNA databanks, pushing for the state to collect DNA from all individuals convicted of misdemeanors.

Australia, British police ink DNA sharing deal

DNA Swab Testing KitSydney (AFP) – Australian and British police Thursday signed a deal allowing access to each other’s DNA databases as part of an international push to tackle serious crimes such as terrorism, rapes and murders.

Weinberg Bill to Expand Access to DNA Analysis in Criminal Cases Clears Budget Panel

magnifying glassTRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to enable more individuals charged with or convicted of crimes to gain access to DNA analysis resources that would allow them to prove their innocence was approved today by the Senate Budget Committee. The bill is being championed by the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Federal Grant Program to Help Reduce Backlog of Rape Kits Renewed

Debbie SmithMonday, President Obama signed a bipartisan bill into law that protects sexual assault victims. The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 reauthorizes a federal grant program for state and local governments to reduce the backlog of rape kits through 2019. The program was set to expire Tuesday.

Assembly bill aims to facilitate the use of DNA to exonerate the wrongfully convicted

MainorA bill sponsored by assemblymen Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) aimed at making it easier for the wrongfully convicted to be exonerated using DNA evidence has been approved by an assembly panel.
Mainor noted the recent case of North Carolina half-brothers released after serving 13 years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

Parliament passes DNA Bill

DNA in BlueBangladesh- The Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Bill was passed in the Parliament today (Wednesday) with a provision of bringing the DNA test process under a legal framework.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Meher Afroz piloted the bill in the House, which was passed in voice votes.

National Victim Advocates Call On Governor Brown To Sign Important Sexual Assault Evidence Bill

sexual assault kitsWASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — National victim advocate groups belonging to the Rape Kit Action Project (RKAP) have joined forces with California-based advocates, including the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 1517, a bill that would provide justice for countless victims of sexual assault and safer communities to live and work. The bill (AB 1517), sponsored by State Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, establishes standards for the timely submission and analysis of sexual assault evidence kits. With Governor Brown’s signature, California will join a growing number of states taking steps to fully account for rape case evidence.

California Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Timely Reports of Evidence For Unanalyzed Rape Kits

sexual assault kits(Reuters) – Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers passed a bill on Friday requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.
The bill next goes for a procedural approval in the state Assembly next week before heading to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Brown vetoed a pilot program in 2011 that would have required certain counties to process their backlogged rape kits.

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Wash Supreme CourtWashington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.

Victims advocate renews push for DNA law in Minn

Jayann SepichJayann Sepich spent part of her day at the Minneapolis Public Library telling the story of daughter Katie, who was a 22-year-old college student in 2003 when she was abducted, raped and murdered.
“It’s heart wrenching every time I tell the story, but I know that other mothers won’t be burying their daughters if we can get this passed, and that matters to me,” Sepich told KARE.

Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

CA domeCalifornia- The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

Vermont court: No DNA collection until conviction

helix.jpgMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says the state can’t collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they’ve been convicted of a felony.

Rhode Island May Use DNA to Track Students; Federal Bill Passes House

footA bill to reauthorize federal funding for newborn DNA collection passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote—meaning without a vote record—on June 26.

Governor Chafee signs variety of bills into R.I. law

DNA_TestingAmong the measures signed by Chafee:
A law that would require a DNA sample to be collected from anyone arrested for a violent crime, including murder, manslaughter, first-degree arson, robbery, first-degree and second-degree sexual assault and other charges. The samples would be submitted into a federal database. Currently, the police collect DNA samples only from people convicted of felonies.

Brianna’s Law, or DNA testing for felony arrests, begins in Nevada

dna analysis labBrianna’s Law, Nevada’s DNA testing law, went into effect Tuesday after it won a hard-fought and emotional battle during the 2013 Legislature.