Michigan requires inmates to give DNA samples
A new law would require inmates entering the Michigan Department of Corrections to give a DNA sample when they are first put into the system.
Currently inmates have to submit to a DNA sampling upon leaving lockup. The new law would require inmate sampling within the first 90 days of being in the jailhouse, reports Examiner.com.
The plan was heavily favored by police, who could now match prisoner DNA to open cases, especially cold ones, while the prisoner was still conveniently a guest of the MDOC.
“There may be convicted criminals who are locked up right now who are responsible for other unsolved crimes,” (Gov.) Snyder said in signing the bill into law.
Those incarcerated before June 1, 2011 must provide DNA samples by January 1, 2012 and those who have entered the system after June 1 must provide a sample within the 90 day limit.