Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bill Calls for DNA Sampling Upon Arrest - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Votes to Take DNA Sampling Upon a Felony Arrest

By: Joseph L. Giacalone


I was quoted in this article - but don't read to fast you just might miss me! It seems as if many jurisdictions are changing their policies on when to take a DNA sample from offenders. This is good news all around for both sides of the Criminal Justice divide. It has plusses for both the Civil Libertarians and the Crime Control Advocates: it catches suspects earlier which prevents further victimization and more importantly it can exonerate the innocent faster.

Charleston, West Virginia is going the way that many states are in regards to the collection of DNA, however, theirs is more controversatial than most. Based on Katie's Law, named for Katie Sepich, West Virginia has voted to take a DNA sample upon an arrest for a felony not on conviction.

Weigh in on this controversial measure by leaving your comments.


Bill Calls for DNA Sampling Upon Arrest - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

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