Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Utah legislators advance bill to allow DNA sampling at time of booking

Justice and DNAA bill that would allow law-enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples at the time of booking for those arrested on a felony moved forward with unanimous support in an emotional House committee hearing Monday.

Bills seek moratorium on destroying DNA evidence

DNA and justiceOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The destruction of DNA evidence in some criminal cases has prompted the introduction of measures in the state House and Senate that would impose an 18-month moratorium on such actions.

Rape-Kit Backlog Bill Introduced

Gavel2Measure would require rape kits be sent for processing to crime labs within five days of being booked into evidence by law enforcement.

Genes And Crime Scenes

Iowa AnalystSIOUX CITY | As forensic investigation techniques get more advanced, police investigators are finding them ever more useful in solving crimes. A new law set to take effect in Iowa later this year could help law enforcement officers even more.

Indiana Supreme Court rules on evidence

Gavel2INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that criminal defendants aren’t entitled to question in court every person who handled evidence used against them.

J.B. Van Hollen wants changes to law on DNA collection

DNA GraphicMadison — State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he hopes lawmakers early next year will reconsider some of the changes they made to the state’s new law requiring DNA collection from anyone arrested for a felony

California DNA criminal law: Appeals court weighs challenge to state’s taking DNA from all felony suspects

Scales of JusticeFRANCISCO — With a sweeping California law allowing the collection of DNA from anyone arrested for a felony hanging in the balance, a federal appeals court on Monday struggled with whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forecloses a legal challenge to the controversial law enforcement practice in this state.

Department of Corrections Issues Comprehensive Action Plan to Improve Felon DNA Collection

KY Dept of CorrectionsFour months ago, the department determined that several thousand DNA samples had been missed, prompting intense outreach and collection procedures and an independent investigation into the cause of the lapse. Since then, the department has collected more than 5,000 of the missing DNA samples – nearly 80 percent of the collections initially identified as missing.

Court to consider California’s DNA collection law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared ready last year to strike down as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy a controversial California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from every person arrested in the state.
Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold Maryland’s similar — but narrower — law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then ordered lawyers on both sides to refashion their legal arguments in light of the high court ruling.Scales of Justice
On Monday, a specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in San Francisco.

Lawmakers balk at expanding DNA sampling of suspects

DNA SignIt may be constitutional but Utah lawmakers aren’t rushing to expand DNA collection from those suspected — but not convicted — of committing a crime.
The Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on Wednesday balked at giving its stamp of approval to a draft bill that would require collection of DNA swabs at the time of arrest from anyone booked on suspicion of a class A misdemeanor or felony.

Federal court to hear pivotal DNA collection case as similar laws spread across country

DNA data…All 50 states and the federal government take samples of DNA from anyone convicted of a felony. But in recent years, many states have passed laws allowing police to take DNA samples at arrest – before a suspect is charged with a crime, much less found guilty – and enter them into state-level databases along with the national DNA database run by the FBI…

DNA testing bill clears Pa. House panel

DNA and justiceHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would expand the authority of police in Pennsylvania to take DNA samples from many suspects before they are convicted of crimes won approval from a key legislative panel Tuesday.
The House Judiciary Committee approved it, 23-2, but only after making changes to reflect criticism that the proposed DNA sampling would be too broad and invasive.

A tool to catch criminals or a government intrusion?

DNA IrelandIn August 2003, Jayann Sepich lived every parent’s worst nightmare: Her 22-year-old daughter Katie had been murdered. The MBA student at the University of New Mexico was brutally raped, sodomized and strangled. Her body was set on fire. Target shooters found her partially clothed corpse at an abandoned dump site.

DNA database could help prevent €500m in stock being shoplifted

Database DNASEVERAL TDs have expressed concern over the Criminal Justice Bill making its way through the Dail.
The bill proposes to create an Irish DNA database to help identify repeat criminals and find missing people.

Rape Victim Urges Congress to Act Quickly on Bill to Reduce DNA Backlogs

Justice and DNAWASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country. However, if the bill does not become law in the next few months, funding for the program could lapse – resulting in an explosion of backlogged DNA cases at crime laboratories throughout the country, including those of untested rape kits.