Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Requiring DNA Samples At Time Of Arrests

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Members of Pennsylvania’s state Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on a bill that would change when DNA samples can be collected for a police database.

Currently, a DNA swab is taken after a person is convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors.  This bill would have the DNA collection done upon arrest.

Capt. Robert Scott, acting director of the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Forensic Sciences, told the hearing at the Independence Visitors Center that the change would give police access to critical information much sooner, helping to solve cases and exonerate the innocent.

But, he says, it would also add 100,000 cases to his already overworked lab every year.

“Legislative measures must take into account the funding, personnel, equipment, facilities, and implementation time necessary to make the new capabilities a reality,” he told the panel.

There is a backlog in loading the DNA information into state and federal databases, he points out, and that delay would increase.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. The Spirit of '76 says:

    Hey I know: ARREST EVERYONE.

    Then we’ll all be safe.

    Hey, security is worth it.

    Long live the Republic – Death to the New World Order.

  2. OXFORD CIRCLE SAYS says:

    LETS GO FOR IT AND CRANK UP THE JAILS.. I LIKE IT OUR GOOD LAWYERS
    ALWAYS TRY TO TAKE AWAY RIGHTS

    SOON THEY WILL COME FOR YOU , AND NOONE WILL BE LEFT TO OBJECT
    TEST QUESTION, IS THAT QUOTE FROM THE NAZIS FROM 1940 OR OUR GLORIOUS LEADERS IN HARRISBURG ???

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