On June 1, 2010, Gov. David Paterson announced, that he is introducing a bill that would require everyone convicted of a penal law crime to provide a DNA sample. Paterson remarked that New York state collects DNA from only 46 percent of the criminals convicted of penal law crimes. This new legislation would require everyone convicted of a penal law offense, as well as youthful offenders and sex offenders, to submit a DNA sample. Studies have shown that many offenders of minor crimes go on to commit rape or murder or can be linked to previous felonies.
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