Texas lawmakers pass bill that will expand DNA database

June 2, 2019 in News by RBN Staff

Source: fromthetrenchesworldreport.com

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Texas lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow DNA samples to be taken during felony arrests. That sample will then be put in a national DNA database and run against existing unsolved crimes.

The Department of Public Safety estimates that obtaining DNA samples during intake would expand the database to more than 40,000 defendants per year. 

Currently, there are steps that have to be taken in order for a defendant’s DNA to be processed.

“We have to write up a probable cause statement, take it to the District Attorney, get their blessing on it, take it to the judge to get it signed, then execute the warrant,” said Brazos County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Stewart.

This bill that is currently sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting approval would speed up that process.

“I’m going to take you to the jail. I’m going to take your photograph, I’m going to take your fingerprints, and under that law, I’m going to take a DNA sample,” said Chief Deputy Stewart.

Some of the felony arrests that would allow law enforcement to obtain DNA samples during intake include murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and human trafficking.

Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons says if this bill is approved, it would make solving unsolved cases much easier.

“That person’s DNA would be going into a database very early on in the process, so it may not change so much for that particular case, but the bill is set up for unsolved crimes that the person may have done and they may have left DNA evidence at the scene,” said Parsons.