Schuitmaker media advisory: Judiciary Committee to decide on prisoner DNA bill

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.
2:30 p.m.

Where: Room 110
            Farnum Building
            Lansing, MI

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.