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Posted: 6/9/2003 10:03:22 AM EDT
[url]http://www.kyw1060.com/news_story_detail.cfm?newsitemid=29972[/url] New Jersey governor McGreevey is expected to sign into law later this month legislation requiring most people convicted of a crime in New Jersey to provide police with a DNA sample. Currently only those convicted of serious crimes such as murder or rape are required to provide a DNA sample. Burlington County prosecutor Robert Bernardi says when this measure becomes law, those convicted of any indictable offense will be subjected to the DNA sample requirement: "Burglary offenses, theft offenses of over $250, possession of a firearm, robbery -- any crime that comes to mind -- kidnapping. Those offenses now would all require DNA samples to be given upon conviction." Bernardi says studies show that those convicted of minor crimes often move up the ladder of crimes: "They start out with lower level offenses and then graduate to more serious offenses involving physical injury to individuals. Those individuals leave their DNA behind at a crime scene many times, and this will assist in solving previously unsolvable crimes." A $2.00 surcharge on traffic tickets will pay for the program.
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