Ky. Announces Plan To Ensure DNA Taken From Felons

Dec 11, 2013

Kentucky corrections officials are taking steps to ensure DNA samples are taken from every felon in the state.

The move follows new revelations that the failure to collect the samples was more widespread than initially thought.

The corrections department said Wednesday that a deeper review found samples weren't taken from about 16,000 offenders, more than twice the number of missing samples disclosed in July.

Corrections officials announced plans meant to guarantee DNA samples are collected from every felon, as required by law.

Those steps include a multi-level review to ensure a sample has been taken from every offender prior to release from custody or supervision. Also, every probation and parole supervisor receives a daily list with names of offenders who haven't given samples.

The department says it has collected more than 5,000 missing samples.