New York's DNA Database Adds All Misdemeanors
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
On March 13, 2012, in Albany, New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers put the finishing touches on a new legislation that will establish a "All-crimes DNA database." Currently, New York State collects DNA samples from convicted felons and some people convicted of misdemeanors. This new law will allow the collection of DNA samples from all people convicted of misdemeanors. The law is supported by all of the state's 62 district attorneys and 58 sheriffs, as well as 400 police chiefs. Supporters believe that collecting DNA from all people convicted of misdemeanors will help them identify suspects of more violent crimes, and in some cases, exonerate people wrongly accused.
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