Bill would require DNA from misdemeanor convicts

DENVER — Nearly all people going through Colorado’s criminal court system will have to submit DNA samples under a bill introduced at the Statehouse.

State Rep. Dan Pabon unveiled a bill today that would requiring DNA samples from people convicted of misdemeanors. That DNA would be entered into a database where it would be compared with DNA found at scenes of unsolved crimes.

Colorado began collecting DNA from accused felons in 2010 under the so-called Katie’s Law.

That law is credited with solving cold cases and stopping repeat offenders.

Colorado ACLU policy director Denise Maes says the proposal raises privacy concerns because of the genetic information contained in DNA.

Bill supporter Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey says collecting DNA after a conviction has been ruled constitutional by courts.


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