Monday, April 4, 2011

Anyone Arrested For A Felony Must Give DNA Sample, Propsed TN Bill

This Bill from the Tennessee Senate requires all persons arrested on or after January 1, 2012, for the commission of any felony to have a biological specimen taken for the purpose of DNA analysis. Requires the bureau to destroy the sample and all records of the sample if the charge for which the sample was taken is dismissed or the defendant is acquitted at trial. (S: Ramsey R.; H: Lundberg)

In short, all felony arrests to offer biological specimen for DNA analysis and that is a condition of bond and release: "After the person is arrested, but prior to the person's release from custody on bail or otherwise, the arresting authority shall take the sample using a buccal swab collection kit for DNA testing." How will that impact the time it takes to make bond?

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