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[s15] Sen. Wyss Proposes Plan to Improve Criminal Prosecution
Start Date: 1/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2013) — State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) today announced legislation aimed at improving criminal prosecution and establishing a statewide DNA database.

Senate Bill 245 would require every person arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample for inclusion in the Indiana DNA Database. In the event he or she is acquitted of all charges, the charges are reversed or the case is dismissed, the sample may be removed via request.

“Experience shows that people who commit small crimes will eventually go on to bigger crimes,” Wyss said. “Requiring DNA samples from those who are arrested for a felony will allow us to stay one step ahead of repeat offenders. In the long run, a statewide DNA database could reduce crime rates in Indiana overall.”

Wyss said the law, if passed, would apply to those arrested after June 30, 2013. If a person fails to provide a DNA sample, it could result in revocation of probation, community corrections placement or other conditional release.

“DNA is essential to our criminal justice system,” Wyss said. “It’s a more accurate way to prove a person innocent or guilty and to ensure the safety of Hoosiers everywhere.”

The bill was introduced on Jan. 7 and moved to the Committee on Judiciary for further review. It will be heard on Jan. 23.

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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