DNA-at-arrest changes weaken plan
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen isn’t pleased with the changes his fellow Republicans made to a state budget plan requiring police to take DNA from suspects upon arrest. Gov. Scott Walker executive budget called for police to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony or sex-related misdemeanor. The state currently takes DNA upon conviction for a felony or sex-related misdemeanor. Walker and Van Hollen designed the proposal. Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee tweaked the plan during a late-night session earlier this month to prohibit police from forwarding the DNA to the state crime labs until a court determines probable cause for arrest exists. Van Hollen told The Associated Press on Monday the changes will slow down investigations and create other holes in the system.
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