Nevada Senate committee approves Brianna's Law

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Updated: 4/11/2013 12:43 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure to collect DNA from anyone arrested on felony charges at the time of arrest

SB243 is also known as "Brianna's Law," named after Brianna Denison who was murdered in early 2008. A similar measure failed in 2011.

The bill advanced Thursday allows DNA to be collected from suspects when they are arrested on felony charges. That material is then used to cross-reference DNA evidence from other unsolved crimes.

If the charges are dismissed or resolved, or if no felony charges are filed within five years, a person can request their DNA be destroyed and profile removed from the system.

An amendment to have DNA automatically removed and only collected for violent felonies did not garner support from the committee.

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mrsk567811 - 4/14/2013 10:18 AM
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Glad this was approved! Anything aiding in the safety of our children should be supported! And it states that it can be destroyed by request, so if not guilty that person can have it destroyed.

AllAlphas - 4/11/2013 10:08 PM
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Collected after a conviction............absolutely. Collected at the time of arrest...........no. This is overreaching on behalf of our criminal justice system by the state legislature in an effort to look like they are being tough on crime. Unfortunately in the process they are trampling all over our constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. How about guaranteeing funding for DNA testing statewide in order to cut down on the ridiculous waits the system has had for years. I'm sure that the timely testing and return of results that have been collected in a constitutionally sound manner would be of immediate help to law enforcement.

Kramer - 4/11/2013 12:25 PM
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there are Constitutional concerns here, as well as opportunities for police and prosecutorial abuse. Should a five-year "sword of Damocles" hang over citizens? DNA isn't mere "evidence" while it is within the person, and shouldn't be extracted frivolously. This "hot button" issue has exceeded the circumstances of the crime. see the Minority report", a movie wherein people are stopped from committing a crime in the future. DA M. J. Fox, is this in 'Nevada's DNA' too?
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