Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Rape kit reporting bill passes

DNA imageEffective Aug. 1, Louisiana’s criminal justice agencies handling untested sexual assault DNA collection kits must report the number of kits in their possession to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that sets a hard deadline (Jan. 1, 2015) on getting a firm number on just how many untested sexual assault kits are in law enforcement hands.

Madison Crime Lab prepares for DNA at arrest law

Crimescene DNA TestsUnder current state law, only convicted felons and sex offenders in Wis. have to give up their DNA. Come April 1, 2015, police will be required to take DNA from anyone arrested for a violent felony and anyone convicted of a misdemeanor. The DNA will then be stored in a national data bank that law enforcement departments across the country can access.The hope is more DNA samples will translate to more crimes solved.

Bill would expand DNA sampling powers of police in R.I.

DNA4PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary Committee has endorsed a bill that would expand Rhode Island law enforcement’s ability to take a DNA sample from a person who is arrested for a crime of violence and submit it to a federally administered database.
The bill, whose prime sponsor is Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, cleared the committee in a 9-2 vote last week. It would require collection of DNA samples from anyone when they are arrested for any of a long list of violent-crime charges. The samples would go into the Rhode Island DNA database, administered by an FBI national system.

Proposal would require all arrestees to provide DNA samples

sole DNAINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are making another effort to try and pass legislation that would require all people arrested for criminal offenses to provide a DNA sample.
The U.S. Supreme Court approved collecting DNA samples from convicted criminals in all 50 states nearly 25 years ago.

Gov Approves Two Laws Aimed At Improving Criminal Justice System

DNA_TestingTwo bills aimed at improving Mississippi’s criminal justice system will soon take effect statewide. MPB’s Paul Boger reports on the changes to the state’s legal system

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Law To Account For Untested Rape Kits

sole DNAWASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On April 4, Governor McAuliffe signed SB 658, a bill that takes the first step towards removing dangerous criminals from the streets of Virginia. The new law, sponsored by State Senator Richard Black (Leesburg) requires all Virginia law enforcement agencies to account for any untested sexual assault kits in their evidence storage facilities. By doing so, Virginia joins a growing number of states taking steps to account for valuable, yet long ignored, rape case evidence.

Questions over police DNA collection

Lab Test VialsUnder New Zealand law, the police can take DNA from people they plan to charge and match it against samples from unsolved crimes.
Collections of DNA were expanded by the government in 2009 which said it was critical for fighting crime.

Maloney And Bass Work To End Rape Kit Testing Backlog

MaloneyCongressmember Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored the highly effective anti-rape Debbie Smith Act 10 years ago, is presently involved in trying to reauthorize the act with the express purpose of extending “the federal DNA backlog processing grant program through 2019”.

Governor signs DNA collection bill

Gov WalkerMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill scaling back when police can seize DNA samples under a law to take effect next year.

Debbie Smith urges reauthorization of rape kit law

DebbieDebbie Smith, the namesake of a measure providing funding to reduce the backlog of unprocessed rape kits, came to Capitol Hill Monday to urge lawmakers to pass a reauthorization of the law that bears her name.

Rape kit testing in Louisiana

LA Supreme CourtIn 2010, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) hailed the arrest of Jimmie Spratt, who was charged with raping three women in New Orleans — in 1994.
It took more than a decade after the crimes for law enforcement agencies to enter DNA evidence collected from rape kits into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which links federal, state and local criminal justice agencies. Before he was extradited to New Orleans, Spratt was serving time in Tennessee for another four aggravated rapes he committed in Memphis.

Congressman Asks FBI to Reduce Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

human idInformation provided by Office of Congressman Mike Honda—
During the March 26 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) asked FBI Director James Comey to allow private labs to help process the backlog of rape kits that remain untested. The information learned in these tests is critical in identifying the assailants in these cases. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 rape kits across America are waiting to be tested.

Reps. Maloney and Bass working to end rape kit testing backlog with Debbie Smith Act reauthorization

justice and DNA2WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has joined forces with House Judiciary Committee member Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers to pass the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 3423). The committee today held a markup on the bill to extend the federal DNA backlog processing grant program through 2019. The original Debbie Smith Act was authored by Congresswoman Maloney and signed into law in 2004 as part of the Justice for All Act.

New law limits DNA collection in Idaho

Justice and DNA1BOISE — In a legislative session filled with controversy and tension, one bill made it through the legislature without one dissenting vote.
Senate Bill 1240a, written by Republican Senator Jim Rice, Democrat Senator Elliot Werk, and Republican Representative Lynn Luker, aims to protect Idahoans’ privacy by limiting when law enforcement can collect DNA samples.

Wisconsin Assembly votes to limit DNA collection only to violent felonies

CourtMADISON, Wisconsin — DNA would be collected only from people arrested for violent felonies like rape and assault under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.