DNA

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12:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.

In 2009, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of DNA samples from convicted felons. So the Department of Corrections delegated that responsibility to its probation and parole officers. But this summer, the inspector general's  investigation found that that this wasn’t happening.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Officials: Kentucky Missing DNA Samples from 6,300 Felons

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FRANKFORT — 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.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Transportation Cabinet Inspector General Cindy James to investigate why the DNA samples weren't taken.

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