Those arrested for serious crimes would be required to submit DNA samples under a bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware. Pileggi’s bill will also authorize a new type of DNA search, helping law enforcement officials identify suspects in unsolved crimes.
"We need to make the best possible use of the rapidly evolving science of DNA evidence to help fight crime and ensure public safety," Pileggi said in a statement.. "That's not happening right now, and as a result criminals are going free and innocent people are in jail. That's unacceptable."
The measure, SB 775, will expand the list of criminal offenses for which DNA testing is required. It will also authorize the state police to use modified DNA searches to assist investigators in identifying unknown crime-scene DNA profiles that contain enough common characteristics to indicate that the source of the crime-scene profile could be a close relative of an offender whose profile is already in the database.
Moreover, the measure will allow the name of the offender already in the database to be released to law enforcement officials to allow further investigation into whether or not a relative was the source of the crime-scene DNA sample, Pileggi said.