Sunday, December 14, 2008

DNA Samples To Be Gathered From Time of Arrest For Federal Crime

The Justice Department has announced that starting January 9, 2009, anyone arrested by the federal government will have a DNA sample taken at the time of the arrest, and the sample will be placed in a national database. In 2005 Congress passed legislation authorizing the Justice Department to make these rules. Up until now, the only time that a DNA sample would be taken by the federal government would be when an individual was convicted. This is how it works in Illinois. In Illinois defendants convicted of a felony offense are required to submit DNA samples upon being convicted. These new rules allow agents to take DNA samples upon an arrest rather than a conviction.

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