Debating The DNA Legislation

Investigators say DNA samples are no longer just the future for solving crime, they are the tool they need now.

Lawmakers are working on a bill that would allow investigators to collect DNA samples from suspects when they are charged with serious crimes. Currently, they can only get a DNA sample by a court order, or if the person is a convicted felon.

Corporal Scott Stanton who works in the major crimes unit at the Greenville Police Department says he thinks the change would be a good thing.

There are some who think this would take away constitutional rights. Lawmakers are trying to compromise by adding an amendment that says samples would be removed quickly from the database if the suspect isn't convicted.

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