"I believe ... we will save the lives of some young girls in Missouri this year." State Representative Marilyn Ruestman (pictured).

Under Missouri House Bill 152, signed into law yesterday, DNA samples will be taken from those who are over age 17 and are arrested for violent crimes, sex offenses or burglary. If the person is not charged, the sample will not be sent to the DNA database -- to be run by the Missouri Highway Patrol. If the person is arrested but later found innocent, the sample will be destroyed. "I believe ... we will save the lives of some young girls in Missouri this year," said bill sponsor Rep. Marilyn Ruestman in a news item posted to the Assembly's Web site.

 

Wayne Hanson  |  Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government