DNA is being called the finger print of the 21st century and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it's expanding the database. It will no longer just swipe samples from convicted criminals, but from anyone charged with a felony crime.
Right now, law enforcement agencies take DNA from all people with felony convictions.
In January, a person doesn't have to be convicted of a crime to have to hand over DNA.
Those facing charges for felony theft and burglary will be entered into the database.
The department is beginning with those charges because statistics show that those people are more likely to commit another crime.
Eventually, DNA will be collected from all felony arrestees - an idea the Lee County Sheriff's Office is behind.
Local criminal defense attorneys say they're concerned about the intrusive nature of the collection - among other things.
The DNA swabs will cost $27 per sample.
FDLE expects to add 100,000 new samples a year. Taxpayers' money - taken from FDLE's budget will pay for the estimated $2.7-million price tag...
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Via Billy Corben