North Carolina Will Collect DNA from Arrestees Starting February 1, 2011
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Monday, January 31, 2011

Law enforcement in North Carolina will begin to collect DNA from some arrestees by swapping their cheeks so that their DNA profile  will be included in state and national DNA databases. Suspects will have to provide DNA if they are arrested for first or second-degree murder, manslaughter, rape or any other sex offense, certain felony assaults, kidnapping, first- and second-degree burglary, breaking and entering a place of worship, arson, armed robbery, stalking, cyberstalking or any attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the above crimes.

DNA evidence recovered from crime scenes can be compared to suspects developed by local investigators and also used to search for a hit, or match, to a profile already in the database. A hit to the database can help law enforcement solve a case with no known suspects and can also clear wrongly accused suspects.  If an arrestee isn't convicted or the case is dismissed, the law states that the sample is destroyed and it is removed from the DNA database.
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