States consider laws to expand DNA collection from arrestees

As a growing number of states adopt or expand laws to collect DNA samples from those arrested for crimes, Texas lawmakers may consider proposals to do the same. Some of the laws adopted or considered in other states require or propose the collection of DNA from all those arrested for felonies, while others include those arrested for misdemeanors. Debate in Texas focuses on how various proposals to expand DNA collection might affect public safety, privacy, and resource allocation.  For more on this issue, see the recent House Research Organization focus report, Should Texas expand its DNA arrestee database?

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