Category Archives: Database

New DNA database law seeks to prevent, solve crimes

crime scene2TEXAS-A new state bill going into effect today expands the state’s CODIS DNA database.

Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

Arrestee formLawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges.
Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony.
Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for the 2015 session that included this idea. The bill did not advance but ended up as a study committee. The bill would have required every person arrested for a felony after June 30, 2015 to undergo a cheek swab to collect a DNA sample. The bill specified that the sample would be expunged if the person was acquitted of all felony charges, all felony charges were dismissed or no charges were filed after 30 days.
Bauer authored the bill after his wife met a woman named Jayann Sepich.

Four problems with the DNA database

3d render of DNA on blue background

3d render of DNA on blue background

India’s Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015 proposes to set up a national DNA database of criminals that will include rapists, murderers and kidnappers. But the proposed draft is being criticized on several grounds – from being insensitive to privacy issues to allowing intrusive modes of sample collection.

Australia-wide missing persons matching system to go live next week

DNA in criminal investifationsAustralia’s law enforcement information-sharing agency CrimTrac will soon switch on a new system that will for the first time allow police to compare human remains to long-time missing persons cases across state and territory borders.
The federal government hopes the shared database will finally bring closure to the loved ones of an estimated 1600 long-term missing persons in Australia, who have been unaccounted for longer than six months.
The system will run DNA and other forensic characteristics of the missing individuals against more than 500 unidentified sets of human remains collected and recorded since the 1960s. The data is in the process of being digitized and entered into the system.

DNA profiling the new headache for NDA government

DNA HelixThe union cabinet next week is likely consider a bill to create national DNA database of all those in conflict with law including suspects and volunteers which the critics term as against the “basic tenements of the Constitution”.

Tens of thousands of rape kits go untested across USA

helix10USA Today- After 18 years without justice, Joanie Scheske believed the man who raped her would never be caught.
That changed when St. Louis police called in 2009. Evidence in a separate, eight-year old sexual assault was finally tested and matched her attacker’s DNA.
Rapist Mark Frisella, whose attack was so brutal Scheske still suffers from epilepsy, is serving 19 years in prison.
“I had a really difficult time wrapping my head around why that rape kit was never tested,” Scheske said. “My case is a poster child as to why you test these kits.”

New law requires arrestees in RI to provide DNA samples

Backlog of rape kitsPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new state law requiring people arrested for violent crimes to provide DNA samples could help solve cold cases and lead to more convictions, law enforcement officials and lawmakers said.

New law expands Virginia’s DNA database

GATTACA ImageRoanoke, VA-The chances of a person’s DNA going into Virginia’s forensic database just got bigger.
Effective July 1, the Commonwealth is expanding it.

British scientists hunt for Viking traces in Norman DNA

Normandy CoastValognes (France) (AFP) – British researchers on Monday began collecting the DNA of residents from Normandy in northern France in search of Viking heritage, but the project has raised concerns amongst some local anti-racism activists.

Facing ‘Peacekeeper Babies,’ UN Now Offers DNA Testing

GATTACA ImageThe U.N. peacekeepers arrive; months later, some leave infants behind. Now the United Nations has quietly started to offer DNA testing to help prove paternity claims and ensure support for the so-called “peacekeeper babies.”

Forensic scientist explains how Virginia’s DNA data bank works

Forensic-scientist-explains-how-Va-s-DNA-data-bank-worksROANOKE, Va. – There is a 7.2 billion chance of someone other than Jesse Matthew being the source of DNA collected after a 2005 rape in Fairfax, according to a forensic scientist who testified in the trial.

Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted Passes Assembly

Entire DNA SampleLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor and Whip Wilson to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was approved 71-1-2 by the full Assembly on Thursday.
New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.

Maryland’s DNA Database Records 4,000th Hit

MD State PoliceColonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, today announced another milestone for Maryland’s DNA database, supporting its role as an invaluable tool to law enforcement in the ongoing effort to reduce crime, apprehend criminals, and exonerate the innocent.

US Special Operations Tests DNA Scanners

Buccal Swab  MilitaryTAMPA, Fla. — US special operations forces are using forward-deployed rapid DNA scanners on a limited basis to confirm targets. Troops have used DNA from improvised bomb components to capture “some very bad people,” according to an official with US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
SOCOM is evaluating the devices for wider fielding. If successful, they have the potential to cut the time used to process DNA evidence from weeks to 90 minutes and replace fingerprint analysis downrange, according to Michael Fitz, SOCOM’s program manager for sensitive site exploitation.

Japan to use database, expanded DNA tests to speed identification of war dead

Japanese SoldiersThe government will soon create a database of DNA information gleaned from the remains of about 7,000 Japanese who died during and after World War II, in a bid to accelerate work to identify them and return their remains to their families. The new system will be able to handle a wide range of inquiries from bereaved families, and relatives in some cases will be asked to provide DNA samples to help find a match.