CHENANGO COUNTY – With the legislative session drawing to a close, members of the criminal justice system are advocating for the passage of a bill they say will make it easier to solve crimes.
Introduced in the senate by Senator Stephen M. Saland, who represents New York’s 41st Senate District, the All Crimes DNA bill would require anyone convicted of a crime to provide a DNA sample. Currently, only those convicted of certain crimes are required to do so. According to advocates, those constraints limit law enforcement’s ability to use DNA evidence to solve crimes, as well as exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted.
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride is one of those advocating for passage of the legislation, which was approved by the Senate on June 16 and now awaits Assembly approval.
“From a public safety perspective, there is no logical reason we shouldn’t do this immediately and no good reason it hasn’t been done before,” McBride said.