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Senate Rejects Taking Mandatory Felon DNA Samples

First Posted: 06/20/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:25 PM ET

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The state Senate has rejected a plan to start taking DNA samples from everyone arrested on felony charges in Illinois.

The samples would have become a routine part of arrests, just as fingerprints and mugshots are now.

Supporters said these samples would have been a valuable tool. They said it could have linked people to past unsolved crimes.

But critics argued that DNA is personal in a way that fingerprints and mugshots are not. They said it would be wrong to demand DNA just because someone is arrested.

They also question whether the state police have the resources to test and maintain all the genetic samples.

The bill got only 28 of the 30 votes it needed.

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The bill is HB935. On the Net: http://www.ilga.gov


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