Crime Victims’ Families Call for Passage of DNA Collection Legislation
(Sacramento) – Crime victims’ families joined Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) for a news conference to endorse Cooper’s Assembly Bill 16, a measure that would allow the collection of DNA upon conviction of crimes that were previously felonies but are now misdemeanors. The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, approved in November 2014, reclassified a number of felony crimes as misdemeanors. The reclassification of felony offenses to misdemeanors has resulted in a significant reduction of DNA samples collected.
“DNA evidence is an essential tool for law enforcement to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “It is indisputable that lesser public offenses of fraud, property crime and drug possession are linked to the more serious violent crimes of rape and murder. Bottom-line, AB 16 will help protect women, solve cold cases and protect the innocent.”
Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.