Charlottesville's Police Captain Harding Pushes for DNA Bill

By: Autria Godfrey Email
By: Autria Godfrey Email

January 24, 2007

The bill, introduced by Delegate Rob Bell, would make it mandatory for all convicted felons to submit a blood, saliva, or tissue sample for DNA analysis before being released on parole, something Captain Harding said could lead to overwhelming captures when it comes to serial rapists.

"If we could tighten these loopholes and give us the authority to go back and get those samples we missed, you're going to see that board light up with cold hits, you'll see a lot of violent predators get taken right off the street," Captain Harding said.

The bill also states that the fee for the DNA samples would only be applied once, regardless of the number of samples taken.

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