NewsPublic Affairs / April 17, 2018

Arrestee DNA Law Yields Dozens Of Hits In First Three Months

Police collected more than 9,000 samples from those arrested for felonies January through March. They got 72 hits from those samples, including an unsolved rape from 2016.DNA Arrestee Testing, DNA samples, Public Safety2018-04-17T00:00:00-04:00
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Arrestee DNA Law Yields Dozens Of Hits In First Three Months

In the first three months of the year, law enforcement got 72 hits from felony arrestee DNA samples, including an unsolved rape from 2016.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

A 2017 law that took effect in January allows police to take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. And police already got more than 70 hits from such samples that could help close unsolved cases.

Prior to 2018, police input into a national database DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony. Those samples are compared with crimes across the country. But a law that took effect Jan. 1, 2018 allowed police to input samples from anyone arrested for a felony.

And in the first three months of the year, law enforcement got 72 hits from such samples, including an unsolved rape from 2016.

Rep Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville) was one of the architects of the bill.

“We always knew it was going to have a dramatic effect on being able to match crimes with the perpetrators, but we had no idea it was going to be this dramatic [of an] effect," Steuerwald says. "These numbers are far beyond what we ever thought would be possible.”

Police collected more than 9,000 samples from those arrested for felonies January through March.

 

 

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