Indiana lawmakers want to join 30 other states in DNA datatbase

FILE - In this June 12, 2014, file photo, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long welcomes delegates meeting to set up the framework for states to amend the U.S. Constitution, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The 2016 November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana is proposing a bill that would allow it to join at least 30 states already authorizing analysis of DNA collected from people arrested for felonies.

The Evansville Courier and Press reports the bill would allow DNA samples collected after June 30, 2017, to be uploaded to the existing database. Vanderburgh County prosecutor Nicholas Hermann says DNA is useful in investigating and prosecuting cases and that the bill will help Indiana catch up technologically.

The current draft of the proposal would let people request their DNA be expunged from the database if they were acquitted after being arrested for a felony.

State Sen. Erin Houchin, a sponsor of similar legislation, said Indiana already collects DNA after conviction, and that the state has been collecting fingerprints for years.

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