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Thursday, August 3, 2006

Indiana Felons Must Start Providing DNA

From Thousands of convicted Indiana felons are being required to give DNA samples at county probation offices. Starting Monday, felons in Marion County must begin providing the samples. Felons in counties surrounding Indianapolis must begin the process in August, with the rest of the counties phased in after that.

Previously, only those who committed the most violent crimes were routinely tested. But under a 2005 state law, all felons in the state must submit to the procedure.
Advocates of the requirement say it will take repeat offenders off the street more quickly, reduce the incidence of violent crime and solve "cold" cases. By matching the DNA from old crime scenes with that from the felons tested, "we're going to get hits, we're going to get investigative leads, we're going to get suspects," said Mark Renner of Strand Analytical Laboratories, which will extract the samples. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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