State Budget Committee to Consider DNA Expansion
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GREEN BAY, WI- A new plan from Governor Walker could help out state law enforcement when it comes to repeat offenders.
State lawmakers will take up the governor's plan to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony. And anyone convicted of a crime. Law enforcement say this could provide even better crime solving tools.
Right now the state only collects DNA from convicted felons and sex offenders. But Governor Walker's budget puts out 6 million dollars to make some changes that investigators are excited about.
Law enforcement are always looking for tools.
"Point us in the right direction and solve a crime."
To help with an investigation. For Lt. Keith Knoebel and District Attorney David Lasee, DNA is one of those tools.
"We've solved quite a few crimes already with this," says Knoebel.
"We live in a society now where we have a CSI world," says Lasee.
Now Governor Walker wants to give more power to them. Expanding DNA testing for anyone arrested for a felony and convicted of a crime.
"Lend itself to catching more perpetrators and crime down the road," says Rep. Jim Steineke from Kaukauna.
"Every jury is looking for DNA today," says Knoebel.
Lasee says expanding the database could have helped them in previous investigations.
"Certainly in particular areas like sexual assault or some property crimes where you may have dna left at a scene and you don't know who the perpetrator is."
"If we have this in place.That might be a different story," says Steineke.
There has been opposition to the proposal citing an invasion of privacy, but lawmakers may come up with a compromise.
"There is a mechanism to remove the dna from the database if it's inappropriately there," says Lasee.
Lawmakers are expected to discuss the proposal on Thursday.
Wisconsin would become the twenty sixth state to do this if the proposal is passed.