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  Posted on: Thursday, August 2, 2012
Most Convicts in New York Will Have to Submit Samples for DNA Database
New York's new DNA database law that requires anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor under the state's Penal Law to submit samples to the DNA database has come into effect from this Wednesday. Previously, not all convicts of felonies and misdemeanors were required to submit DNA samples. The law would make New York' DNA database law the most expansive in U.S.A. In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "This expansion will help solve and prevent crimes, bring justice to victims and prove innocence for the wrongfully convicted - and above all make our neighborhoods safer for New Yorkers." Prosecutors, law enforcement, and legislators have already praised the law, because records show serious, violent crimes are often committed by people already convicted of lower-level offenses. Michael Green , the executive deputy commissioner of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services said, "we were missing opportunities to bring offenders to justice sooner, and prevent future victimization.
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