Category Archives: DNA Legislation

OSBI: Collecting DNA At Time Of Arrest Could Help Solve Crimes

helix9OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) is working with lawmakers to allow DNA samples to be taken upon the arrest of an alleged criminal. Currently, fingerprints and photos are taken of arrestees during booking. And only convicted felons are swabbed for DNA.

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.

Efforts to pass DNA collection laws still being pursued by family

helix 10CARLSBAD- Ten years after the Sepich family began work to make Katie’s Law a national effort, there is still a lot to be done.
“There are 28 states now taking DNA before a conviction,” said Jayann Sepich, a Carlsbad resident. “Twenty-two still don’t have anything. We’re still working on that.”

New Bill Proposes Collection of Samples From Private Parts for DNA Profiling

Laboratory SamplesHYDERABABD: The Union Government has proposed to allow collection of samples from private parts of human body for DNA profiling and data preservation with the approval of a regulatory body, as per the draft Human DNA Profiling Bill.

Court ruling allows DNA to be used in future cases

DNA Human GenomeDNA collected during police investigations can be used indefinitely to find potential matches at crime scenes under a court ruling being hailed by law enforcement but criticized by defense attorneys who fear government overreach.

Congress should support access to post-conviction DNA testing

Justice and DNA1I’ll never forget how lonely I felt when the jury announced its guilty verdict and the courtroom erupted in applause. I thought, how could this happen? It felt surreal, but soon after reality sunk in: I could spend the rest of my life in prison until the state of Maryland executed me. I spent eight years, 11 months and 19 days locked away — two of those years on death row — for a rape and murder that I did not commit, before post-conviction DNA testing proved my innocence.

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”.

Bill updating Pennsylvania’s DNA laws awaits House vote

old DNAHARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed legislation to strengthen and modernize the state’s two-decade-old DNA laws to better track serious criminal offenders, which top law officials as a corrective shift in the investigating process.

Court Ruling Opens DNA Technology Advances to Old Cases

GavelDNAPeople convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first in the nation to rule that the advances in DNA technology mean previously useless samples should be considered newly discovered evidence that is not subject to statutory time limitations.

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.

Bill aims to speed up sexual assault investigations in Pennsylvania

DNA Backlog1By adopting the various measures, Pennsylvania will become eligible for funding under the Debbie Smith Act, which provides money to state and local authorities to help eliminate DNA evidence backlogs.

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.

New Law Requires Police in Michigan to Collect More DNA

DNA CollectorEffective July 1, police agencies in Michigan are taking DNA from people arrested for any felony or three misdemeanors. A new law will have police across the state taking DNA swabs more frequently.
The samples will be collected for a database that can be used by law enforcement agencies statewide.
“What they’re trying to do is increase and solve a lot of cases,” Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said.

Cornyn pushes Justice Department to fully implement SAFER Act, help reduce rape kit backlog

Cornyn1U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the SAFER Act to help state and local governments eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits. The provisions of the legislation, signed into law in 2013, have yet to be fully enacted to help state and local law enforcement agencies audit and process rape kits that could lead to the prosecution and resolution of sexual assault cases across the country.

Governor signs law that expands access to post-conviction DNA testing

Heather FeamanOregon- The governor has signed a bill that would expand access to DNA testing for people hoping to prove they were wrongly convicted.
The new law no longer requires someone to be in prison to seek the testing and eases the standard that would allow for the DNA tests.