Conte On Expansion Of DNA Datebase

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Over the years, I have continually fought for and sponsored legislation to expand the state’s DNA database to enhance public safety and I am pleased that I was a part of passing this historic legislation into law. 

According to this bill, DNA samples will be collected from anyone convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. Additionally, the measure also significantly expands defendants’ access to DNA testing both before and after conviction.

By expanding this proven crime-fighting tool, we have improved the safety of our communities by strengthening law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes, while putting into place a system to help ensure that those wrongfully convicted of a crime receive their exoneration. 

The legislation will also make New York the first state in the country to expand its DNA database so dramatically, a reform that I believe promises to solve thousands of crimes and prevent thousands of others.  

In 1994, I helped to create the first DNA database in New York State; since that time, DNA evidence has helped prosecutors solve more than 2,700 crimes and has exonerated 27 New Yorkers. 

Now, by expanding the DNA database, we have given law-enforcement officials and prosecutors enhanced and needed access to a proven crime-fighting tool to help make New York State a safer place to live.

Jim Conte
New York State Assembly
10th District (Huntington Station)

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