U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
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Rapid DNA Legislation Passes out of House Judiciary Committee

The Rapid DNA Act would establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement to help reduce the DNA backlog.

By - Apr 27th, 2017 02:53 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Rapid DNA Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is on its way to a full vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

If passed, the Rapid DNA Act would establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement to help reduce the DNA backlog. Unlike traditional DNA analysis, which can take weeks, Rapid DNA analysis permits processing of DNA samples in approximately 90 minutes or less.

This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way in which arrested individuals are enrolled in the criminal justice system, shorten the time required for their DNA to be linked to unsolved crimes, and expedite the exoneration of innocent suspects by giving law enforcement officials a new system that meets FBI quality assurance standards to compare DNA samples collected at the time of an arrest to profiles in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Today’s passage of the Rapid DNA Act out of the House Judiciary Committee is a promising development that brings us one step closer to safer communities throughout the nation. Rapid DNA technology is an effective tool for law enforcement that will help quickly identify arrestees and offenders, as well as reduce the overwhelming backlog in forensic DNA analysis. It will also make crime fighting efforts more efficient and help prevent future crimes from occurring, which saves time and taxpayer dollars. I look forward to this smart legislation moving forward to a vote on the House floor.”

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One thought on “Rapid DNA Legislation Passes out of House Judiciary Committee”

  1. Tim says:

    “Many are also against the new technology because of its significant price tag: the rapid DNA testing device costs about $350 per sample, more expensive than traditional DNA testing through a laboratory.”

    http://www.kevinkuliklaw.com/new-dna-technologies-could-solve-crimes-faster-but-violate-citizens-privacy-rights/

    Now, I just wanted to get a quick look at the pro and cons of this change. Why would we pay more to eliminate these longstanding backlogs? It sounds like the maker of this machine knows which lobbyists to hire.

    If the goal was to reduce the backlog, independent private labs would have been contracted to pick up the slack. I’m not even touching the other aspects of this yet.

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