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State Rep. Pushes For Police To Take DNA From Arrestees

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Democratic Rep. Pat Bauer says he hopes “third time’s the charm” for a bill that would allow police to take DNA from everyone they arrest for a felony.

In Indiana, police collect a person’s DNA after a felony conviction and send the sample to a national database for comparison with DNA from other crimes. But, Rep. Bauer’s bill would allow law enforcement to collect DNA after any felony arrest. He’s authored that bill twice with no success.

He says, after two years and a study committee on the topic, he’s gathering support to push it through.

“Now that 30-plus states have done it, we might be ready to. People are being raped and murdered. The average rapist does this eight times and if you can get them once, you save it,” Bauer says.

House Courts and Criminal Code Committee Chair Tom Washburne says he has philosophical issues with the bill.

“And I think that many civil libertarians would probably agree with me that the act of getting arrested in Indiana should not subject you to having your DNA taken away,” Washburne says.

Washburne notes, though, that his personal opposition won’t stop him from hearing the bill in his committee.

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