A new DNA collection law has made a difference in matching criminals to crimes since it went into effect almost six months ago, according to NC Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Cooper was in Kinston Wednesday afternoon showing how jailers collect samples from those charged with violent felonies and sex crimes.
Cooper calls DNA the 21st century fingerprint and says by using state and national DNA databases they're solving more crime. Cooper says, "Since February we've had 11 hits in our database, simply by gathering DNA from arrestees. So, these may be 11 crimes that we would not have solved otherwise."
Cooper adds, the technology also protects the innocent. He says DNA has exonerated more than 100 suspects this year.