A package of bills I introduced last year will be taking effect this summer and will help keep dangerous criminals off the street.
Public Acts 457-459 of 2014 (SB 105-107) allow DNA samples to be collected at the time of arrest for all felonies. The new laws provide law enforcement with an important tool to conduct more accurate investigations more quickly to help identify suspects. If a person is not charged or convicted, any record of the individual’s DNA sample will be destroyed.
Previous Senate legislation that expanded DNA collection has already been successful at solving past crime cases sooner. The new laws will further aid that effort and help prevent violent repeat offenders from committing more crimes.
Currently, 28 states and the federal government require DNA samples for all or certain felony arrests.