- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate is poised to vote on a proposal to require DNA samples from anyone arrested for a violent crime.

The proposal from Sen. David Bates would significantly expand the state’s DNA collection law, which now requires DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony.

A legislative committee voted Thursday to send the legislation to the full Senate. If the measure is enacted, DNA samples would be required for anyone arrested for murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, molestation and some types of assault.

More than half of the states and federal government now take DNA swabs after arrests for certain crimes.

Individuals could seek to have their samples deleted if charges are dropped or they are found not guilty.



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