Efforts Aimed At Closing Gaps In State DNA Database

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A database of DNA samples becomes a crucial tool for law enforcement. The genetic material collected from those arrested on felony charges is catalogued, allowing investigators to quickly cross-match fresh DNA evidence to help solve crimes. In Ohio, the law requires suspects arrested for felonies to submit a sample. But thousands of times since 2011, state records show, that has not happened.  We discuss the problem and its remedies.

Guests: 

Michael O’Malley, Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County  
Rick Bell, Special Investigations Division Chief, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office 
Rachel Dissell, Reporter, The Plain Dealer  
Ken Mills, Director, Regional Corrections Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Department 

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