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Bill would require DNA from misdemeanor convicts

Proposed Colorado bill would require those convicted of misdemeanors to submit DNA

DENVER (AP) — Nearly all people going through Colorado's criminal court system will have to submit DNA samples under a bill introduced at the Statehouse.

State Rep. Dan Pabon unveiled a bill Tuesday that would requiring DNA samples from people convicted of misdemeanors. That DNA would be entered into a database where it would be compared with DNA found at scenes of unsolved crimes. Colorado began collecting DNA from accused felons in 2010 under the so-called Katie's Law.

That law is credited with solving cold cases and stopping repeat offenders.

Colorado ACLU policy director Denise Maes says the proposal raises privacy concerns because of the genetic information contained in DNA.

Bill supporter Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey says collecting DNA after a conviction has been ruled constitutional by courts.

El Paso County District Attorney supports the bill, and said there would be limited access should it pass. The CSPD Crime Lab in Colorado Springs also supports the bill, and said the DNA used in the database is only good for matching it to other DNA found in a crime scene and that it would tell you much about a person on its own.

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