DNA Collection

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky corrections officials say they failed to take DNA samples from between 6,300 and 7,000 felons as required by law over a four-year period.

Justice Cabinet Secretary and Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson said during a news conference Thursday in Frankfort that they are now trying to locate about 3,900 people no longer in state custody or on probation or parole to take samples from them.

House Panel Passes Bill To Take DNA After Arrest

Feb 13, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Police would take DNA samples from people arrested on felony charges under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

If the measure is passed by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join the federal government and 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The panel vote was unanimous. The measure will proceed to the full House for consideration.