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Bill requiring DNA collection with a felony arrest on final step

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample is headed to the governor’s desk for his final decision. Senate Bill 322 requires the sample to be taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints, photographs during the arrest. The DNA will go to through […]

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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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Bill to allow DNA collection at time of arrest passes House

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow DNA samples to be collected upon a felony arrest passed the Indiana House with a 81-16 vote Tuesday. House Bill 1577, if passed into law, would allow for DNA samples to be taken from those who have been arrested, instead of waiting until they […]

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New hope for DNA collection after felony arrest

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators will once again try to pass a law that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested on a felony charge. Currently Indiana collects DNA samples from convicted felons for use in the DNA database. That law has been in effect for almost 11 years. “Keeping our […]

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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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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 […]

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Lawmakers raise questions about bill to collect DNA after arrests

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee delayed a vote on legislation that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested for felony crimes. Judiciary Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said questions raised about Senate Bill 245 should be addressed before he schedules the legislation for a vote. Under current law, DNA samples […]

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Courts, states differ on police use of DNA

By Maggie Clark Stateline.org Alonzo Jay King, Jr. was arrested on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2009 for first-degree felony assault and, as is standard practice in 25 states and the federal government, a sample of King’s DNA was takenat the booking facility and sent to the state crime lab. After analyzing the sample and running it through […]