ALBANY, N.Y., Aug 1 (Reuters) – Starting Wednesday, almost anyone convicted of a crime in New York will be required to submit a DNA sample to the state’s sweeping criminal database.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers in March reached a deal to expand the DNA database to include anyone convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor under the state’s Penal Law, making it the most expansive in the country.
An order by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is allowing Maryland police to continue collecting DNA samples from those who are arrested for serious crimes.
Roberts said there is a “fair prospect” that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn an April ruling by Maryland’s highest court, which found the state’s DNA law violated the Fourth Amendment. The law authorizes DNA collection from individuals charged with but not yet convicted of violent crimes and burglaries.
Police forces will still be able to have full access to a forensic archive following the closure of the Forensic Science Service (FSS), the Home Office has said.
An agreement that comes into force Wednesday allows the two countries to mutually share DNA and fingerprint data with the aim to combat crime.