NY law would be 1st to take DNA from all criminals

Jun 22, 8:50 AM (ET)

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. David Paterson has proposed roughly doubling New York’s DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first in the nation to so broadly collect and use this evidence to solve crimes and exonerate people wrongly convicted.

New York’s law would require adding about 48,000 samples a year to a laboratory system that state officials say is capable of handling the extra work, with no current backlogs.

“You think it’d be a huge explosion, but we have samples on so many people that recommit crimes already – it’s the old rule of criminals don’t specialize,” said Sean Byrne, acting commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

State police now have DNA samples from 356,000 people convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors, including petty larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. The database began in 1996 with the genetic material from killers and sex predators, and has been expanded three times.

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3 responses to “NY law would be 1st to take DNA from all criminals

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention NY law would be 1st to take DNA from all criminals « AxXiom for Liberty -- Topsy.com

  2. Not good, so very not good…

  3. This should ONLY be used for Violent Felonies. such as Rape and Murder. If used at all. No, like Johnny, I didn’t like!

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