Fact Sheet: Expanding the Use of DNA in NY: Convicting the Guilty; Exonerating the Innocent (2012)
Group: Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
The Crime Commission is calling on the state legislature to pass a law to require anyone convicted of a crime in New York to submit a DNA sample to the Databank. Under this new law, individuals convicted of the misdemeanors not currently covered by the DNA Databank law will now be required to provide a DNA sample. By increasing the number of criminals required to submit their DNA, there will be more "cold hits" (matches) on DNA left behind at crime scenes. In addition, the expansion of the databank will prevent crimes from occurring by identifying criminals before they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes.
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