DNA Testing Bill Heads to the House

A plan to speed testing "of hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from unsolved rape cases to reduce a national backlog of untested evidence is headed for the House after the Senate passed it without dissent."

"The DNA samples, which could identify or clear suspects in hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases, now sit untouched at police laboratories across the country because of a lack of money."

The bill also contains "new privacy safeguards for DNA evidence and increases criminal penalties for misuse or unauthorized disclosure of DNA information."

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