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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  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    They should also give a DNA sample when they are up for parole.
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      by Vickie on May 9, 2011 at 05:50 AM in reply to
      I totally agree with you. What bothers me, our tax dollars feed them, they have recreation, work out areas, TV, i feel they should get ZERO, they are there because of a crime they have committed, WHY should they have such luxuries IN PRISON? I don't get it. No wonder our state is broke.
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