Senate Law & Public Safety Committee To Consider Expansion Of DNA Database

Senator Nicholas Sacco listens to testimony during the Senate Transportation Committee hearing.

TRENTON – The Senate Law & Public Safety Committee will convene Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 4 of the State House Annex to consider six bills, including legislation that would expand New Jersey’s DNA database.

The measure, S-514, is sponsored by Senators Nicholas Sacco and Paul Sarlo and would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from disorderly persons offenders. Under current law, DNA samples are taken if an individual is convicted, adjudicated delinquent, or found not guilty by reason of insanity for a crime of the first, second, third, or fourth degree.

The sponsors hope that expanding the database to include those convicted of disorderly persons offenses will help law enforcement officials to solve more open cases where DNA evidence is available.

The agendas of all Senate committees meeting tomorrow can be found online at http://www.njsendems.com.

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