DNA swabs for felony arrests passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw
TheStatehouseFile.com 

INDIANAPOLIS­ – The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would require every person arrested on a felony charge to provide a DNA sample.

Senate Bill 322, which was approved 36-13, makes it mandatory that the arrestee submit to a mouth swab to provide the DNA sample. The DNA would be kept in the state’s database for 365 days.

Sen. Michael Young R-Indianapolis, spoke against the bill, saying, “If you believe in the Fourth Amendment and you’re going to vote for this bill, you might as well take the Fourth Amendment and rip it up.”  As he spoke, he tore a piece of paper.

“They say the DNA is for ID and it is not,” he said. “It is only used for one purpose and that’s to use evidence that you’ve given to search for other crimes.”

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unlawful search and seizure.

But others, including Sen. like Brandt Hershman R-Buck Creek, praised the bill.

“I think this is simply an adaptation of technology to something we’ve be doing reasonably well without intrusiveness for a very long time,” Hershman said.

The author of the bill, Sen. Erin Houchin R-Salem, said, “This bill is a search for the truth, it can bring justice and peace to victims and their families, and exonerate innocent people.”

The bill now moves to the House.

Darrell Crenshaw is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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