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Bill Allowing DNA Sampling After Felony Arrests Awaits The Governor's Signature

Police would be able to take a DNA sample from anyone arrested for a felony and then run that sample through the federal DNA database.

INDIANAPOLIS -- If somebody commits a crime against you, you want to the police to find out who did it. Governor Holcomb could sign into law a bill that would make that search much easier.

If the bill becomes law, police would be able to take a DNA sample from anyone arrested for a felony, and then run that sample through the federal DNA database. Currently, Indiana law says DNA samples can be collected only after a felony conviction.

The author of the bill, Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), says the bill won't just help solve more crimes--it could also help people who have been wrongly convicted: 

"What this bill does [is], it identifies the perpetrator and exonerates the innocent. The Innocence Project testified in committee that there have been people who have been found to be innocent of the charges and released because of DNA evidence."

Rep. Steuerwald says the bill has received a lot of support from members of law enforcement:

"Everybody involved in law enforcement supports the bill. They're the experts that know the value of this tool and they're very vocal with their support."

Thirty states already have similar laws already in place.

(Photo by Pablo K/Thinkstock.)

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