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Lawmakers Weigh Requiring DNA Samples From Felony Arrests

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State lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would require DNA samples to be taken from anyone arrested on a felony charge. Current state law requires DNA samples only from convicted felons.

During a packed Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, rape survivor Amy Roberts told lawmakers that requiring the DNA samples would help find dangerous criminals, like the man who raped her in 1996.

"Although he terrorized me for 45 minutes, I never saw his face and I could not provide information for law enforcement to create a sketch," Roberts said. "At 22 years old, I was sure the last image I would have on this earth was his faceless shadow."

The bill would require the DNA sample to be expunged if there was no conviction. Opponents say the bill violates the Constitution's presumption of innocence.

This program aired on February 8, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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