Mich. Lawmaker Wants To Rewrite Prison DNA Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan lawmaker who authored a decade-old state law that requires inmates in the state's prisons to provide samples of their DNA wants to re-write the legislation.

Republican State Sen. Mike Kowall of White Lake Township tells WOOD-TV that officials should be able to take DNA samples at any time from the state's inmates -- and not just before they are set for release, as has been the state's practice.

He and other lawmakers want to rewrite the law that Kowall wrote in 2001 as a state representative.

They and cold-case detectives believe that obtaining DNA samples from thousands of inmates who have refused the DNA tests would allow law enforcement to solve hundreds, if not thousands, of crimes.

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