Senate panel endorses bill allowing DNA sampling upon felony bookings

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    We don't destroy the finger prints of people who are arrested. DNA is the new finger print and should remain a permanent record. The DNA is used for identification only and not for genome analysis or research purposes.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    Is there a provision in the bill that allows for the destruction of the DNA sample if the accused is subsequently exonerated? If you collect DNA evidence from someone who is accused but not guilty, it is just the same as collecting DNA evidence from someone who is not accused and equally innocent. The next step is for the government to collect DNA from everyone; after all, if you haven't done anything wrong then you have nothing to fear. Elizabeth Smart is a powerful force to be reckoned with. No one wants to be on the opposite side from her.