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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

State Statutes and DNA Databasing

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All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all Federal jurisdictions now require certain classes of people convicted of a crime to provide a biological sample for DNA databasing. Each jurisdiction's statute determines whether a person convicted of an offense will be required to submit a biological sample for DNA databasing.

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