DNA From Felons Bill Passes Idaho House Unanimously

Rep. Luker presented SB 1067 on the House floor today. It expands Idaho’s DNA collection law from felons committing sex or violent offenses to all convicted felons. Idaho was the last state not requiring DNA collection from all convicted felons. The delay has not been from desire, but lack of money. The money is not yet there, but targeted under the bill for 2013. In the meantime, the legal framework is now in place to implement the expanded collection. In the long run, the broader DNA collection should save money by more quickly identifying perpetrators and clearing the innocent, thereby saving money in police investigations, jail and court time. The bill will now go to Governor Otter for his approval.

               

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