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Law enforcement excited about new DNA rules, leery about costs, restrictions from labs

11:41 PM, Jul. 13, 2013
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Law enforcement agencies say they're excited about a new provision in the state budget that will allow departments to collect more DNA samples from criminal suspects.

An expanded DNA database should lead to more crimes being solved, but officials say labs are starting to get backed up.

Previously, DNA samples were collected as a condition of sentencing ordered by a judge. Under the new rules, DNA samples will be collected in any felony arrest and upon convictions for a felony or misdemeanor. DNA won't be sent to a crime lab until probable cause for an arrest has been determined. ...

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