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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

State Statutes and DNA Databasing (cont.)

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State DNA databasing statutes vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Some States are more restrictive, but the majority of States authorize the inclusion of DNA profiles from all convicted felons, other States require anyone convicted of a qualifying offense to submit a DNA sample, and still others require samples from persons arrested for a qualifying offense. However, not all samples collected under state statutes can be included in NDIS.

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