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Crime & Legal Issues: Legislation could expand Virginia's DNA database

Legislation sponsored by two Virginia lawmakers calls for greatly increasing the number of people who must provide DNA samples to the state upon their convictions. Under current law, everyone convicted of a felony and a very small number of misdemeanors must submit their DNA to the state, typically in the form of blood or saliva. That sample then goes into a massive statewide DNA database to help police with other criminal investigations. But a bill in the House of Delegates, filed by House Minority Leader Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, would require the submission of DNA samples for many Class 1 misdemeanors as well. According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, 99...

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