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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "Bills that allow police to take DNA upon arrest advance"

Madeline Buckley of the Indianapolis Star reports in a long story:

Two bills that would allow police to take DNA samples from people who are arrested, but not yet convicted, are steadily advancing — but lawmakers have added safeguards for people who may have been falsely accused.

In Indiana, law enforcement officials can only enter DNA samples into a national database upon a felony conviction. But some lawmakers are pushing for a lower threshold, allowing police to take a DNA sample when they make a felony arrest.

Bills similar to those proposed this session — House Bill 1577 and Senate Bill 322 — have failed to generate support in the past, but the issue gained traction last year when DNA from an Ohio database that includes arrestees helped solve both the slaying of an elderly Zionsville man in November and attacks on two Indianapolis police stations.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2017 09:50 AM
Posted to Indiana Government