Illinois Bill Could Allow State to Collect DNA from Those Presumed Innocent
If Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 3238, recently sent to his desk by the state legislature, it will mark a turning point in the national landscape on DNA collection from criminal suspects.
Illinois would be the 25th state in the union to allow a DNA sample to be collected from some people who are presumed to be innocent. Reaching the halfway point on state acceptance of such laws, coupled with a recent federal policy change in the same direction, is leading to a vastly expanded registry of genetic information.
From the perspective of the bill's many supporters -- it passed the House by a vote of 99 to 9, and the Senate 53 to 1 -- and of the state's prosecutorial apparatus, that's a good thing.
Source: The Huffington Post: Chicago