What: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 346, legislation that will require all prison inmates to provide a DNA sample by Dec. 1, 2011.
Who: Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, the bill sponsor;
A rape victim for whom justice was delayed because of the flaw in existing law;
Michigan State Police;
Michigan Department of Corrections; and
Judiciary Committee members.
When: Tuesday, May 10.
Where: Room 110
Brief: SB 346 requires collection of DNA samples from all incarcerated individuals who have yet to provide a sample, and from all new convicts within 90 days of entering the prison population. Under current law, DNA collection can be enforced at the end of a prison term, however the vagueness of the law has prevented uniform DNA collection, which has delayed justice for many victims.