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Bill would expand Texas' DNA database by taking samples during felony arrests

from Austin American-Statesman

Current Texas law only requires DNA to be collected from people indicted for certain felony offenses. Criminal justice experts say this has allowed offenders to slip through the cracks in many occasions, including when some of them have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

House Bill 1399, filed by state Rep. Reggie Smith, R-Van Alstyne, would expand the scope of the state's DNA collection practices to require swabs be taken from more felony offenders. It also would call for DNA samples to be taken at the time of arrest, something advocates say is a step in the right direction. more


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