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Expansion of Oklahoma DNA Database to Be Studied

Yale University

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have scheduled a study on legislation that would require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA.

Defendants convicted of certain crimes in the state are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement authorities to determine if they can be linked to unsolved crimes. But Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing says she wants authorities to be able to secure DNA samples earlier in the criminal justice process.

The legislative study on the idea is to be Tuesday before the House Public Safety Committee.

Previous attempts to expand the state's DNA database to include those merely accused of crimes in the state have been defeated. Some lawmakers have expressed concern about the constitutionality of targeting suspects who have not been found guilty of a crime.