STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted 81-16 in support of a bill co-authored State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) that would allow law enforcement to expand the use of DNA to combat and solve crimes.
Under House Bill 1577, those arrested for a felony would have a DNA sample taken through a cheek swab. The sample would be processed through a federal DNA database to help law enforcement with unsolved crimes. Currently, Indiana law allows for the swab to be taken after a felony conviction.
“There are 30 states that currently have some form of DNA collection upon arrest, unlike Indiana that collects DNA upon conviction,” Schaibley said. “By collecting DNA sooner, we can help solve more crimes and get criminals off the streets and behind bars, while victims get the justice they deserve.”
Schaibley said this proposal would allow the expungement of all DNA samples if the person arrested of a felony didn’t have any charges filed against them within 30 days of the time they were arrested. This bill also would allow samples to be expunged if all charges were dropped or the person was acquitted of all their charges. Additionally, if the DNA swab is taken for a warrantless arrest, a court would have to rule that there is a probable cause to process and keep the sample.
This bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.
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