August 24, 2011

N.J. Expands DNA Database to Arrestees

To the ever-expanding scope of state DNA databases, add this from New Jersey: the state DNA database has now been expanded to require those arrested of certain violent crimes to submit a DNA sample for inclusion in the N.J. DNA database. The enabling legislation was signed into law yesterday. In the event that charges are dismissed or an acquittal ensues, an individual can apply for expungement of the DNA record from the database. N.J. now joins about 20 other states which authorize the collection of DNA from arrestees; states vary as to which crimes will trigger the testing. For example, while the N.J. law on arrestee DNA collection applies to certain violent crimes, California and North Dakota collect DNA from those arrested for any felony.

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