DNA database expands
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DNA database expands

Date: March 3, 2008
By: Jessica Miller
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 754

Intro: The Missouri Senate unanimously voted to expand the state's DNA database by adding minors who commit a felony or sexual offense

Jessica Miller has more from the State Capitol.

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The bill provoked a debate over the compensation rights of criminals wrongly convicted. Democratic Senator Tim Green questioned the liability of overzealous prosecutors, and says every overturned conviction should warrant compensation.
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Description: I'm wondering where the balance plays off with DNA testing for those individuals wrongly charged, or if there is a higher bar now before a prosecutor charges.

Sponsor of the bill Republican Senator Rob Mayer says he would like to eventually see all adult misdemeanor criminals added to the DNA database as well.
Reporting from Jefferson City, Jessica Miller, KMOX News. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Intro: Some convicted minors might be added to the state's DNA database thanks to a bill in the Missouri Senate.  Jessica Miller has more from Jefferson City     Runtime:     Outcue: SOC The Senate unanimously voted to add juvenile offenders to the DNA database who have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors. Supporter of the bill Republican Senator Matt Bartle says with more people in the database, more crimes would be solved.
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Description: If we could in a very reasonable, rationale way expand the number of people from whom we are taking these buckle swabs, we are going to solve a lot more cold cases out there.
All samples are taken by the State Patrol and will remain in the DNA Database indefinately, unless the conviction is overturned.
Reporting from the State Capitol, Jessica Miller, KMOX News.