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Law Enforcers Endorse DNA Sample Legislation
Amika Osumi
| February 23, 2012
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Law enforcers voice their endorsement for legislation requiring DNA samples from all New York convicted criminals.

On Wednesday law enforcers endorsed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to make New York the first state to require DNA samples from all convicted criminals. As of now only about 48 percent of convicted criminals have to give DNA samples but this new legislation would expand required DNA samples to all criminals including those charged for things like animal cruelty and intoxicated driving.

This legislation was inspired not only because of the strong evidence DNA can provide but, because of jurors' reliance on DNA samples to make decisions on cases. Officials say that DNA evidence obviously can help solve crimes and prove the innocence of individuals, but today jurors now look for DNA evidence as a very strong tool. Many beleieve that jurors' reliance on DNA has stemmed from the portayal of DNA playing a kep part in solving crimes on dramatic crime television shows. If this legislation is passed there will be a more than 50 percent increase in the amount of DNA collected from criminals, some of which won't be useful at all. However, this may increase the chance of being able to use more evidence to prove an individual guilty or innocent.

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