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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 […]

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Senate bill would require DNA samples for all felony arrests

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – A bill that would require every person arrested for a felony crime after Dec. 31 to submit a DNA sample passed another hurdle Monday in the Senate. Senate Bill 322 was amended to require arrestees to submit a written request to get their DNA removed from the database, if […]

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Measure to collect DNA upon arrest returns to the Statehouse

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After several years of debate, lawmakers are once again discussing allowing police to collect a DNA sample from people arrested for a felony. “Which will enable us to hopefully catch more felons and serial rapist and murders,” the bill’s author, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said. Under current Indiana law […]

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Bauer brings back measure to collect DNA

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, filed a bill during Organization Day Tuesday to require the collection of a DNA sample from people arrested on felony charges. “This is an important, crime-fighting measure that will help to bring to justice people who have committed violent crimes, like murder and rape,” Bauer said […]

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Pence creates a task force to address the state’s growing drug abuse epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of a drug task force Tuesday to address the state’s growing epidemic of substance abuse. “We’ve created the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention because it is time to take a holistic and collaborative approach to addressing substance abuse and its […]

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More than a dozen counties are considering needle exchange

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana counties – Scott, Madison and Fayette – are taking advantage of needle exchange programs and more than a dozen others are looking to add their names to the list. “I think it’s safe to say that these communities as they move forward they represent a new generation […]

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State Police kick off sober driving campaign

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to curb the number of drunk drivers on the road, the Indiana State Police are participating in an annual enforcement effort that kicked off on Friday. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign supported by federal funding allocated to Indiana State Police from the […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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Senate defeats bill to require DNA samples from those arrested for felonies

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate rejected a bill that would have required some felons to submit DNA samples after the chamber’s members complained that it could violate Fourth Amendment rights. Senate Bill 245 would have required those who are arrested for violent or sex crimes as well as burglaries or break-ins […]