Expanding Oklahoma's criminal DNA database - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Expanding Oklahoma's criminal DNA database

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The state's criminal DNA database would expand under a bill approved in the Oklahoma House.

Oklahoma City state Representative Fred Morgan's legislation would require convicted felons to submit a DNA sample to the state's database of offenders. Morgan said Wednesday that the number of samples could quadruple and allow the state to solve a lot of cold cases.

Officials believe taking DNA samples from every convicted felon could identify many people who have been convicted for only a handful of the crimes they have committed.

The Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center reported that in 2003, there were 5,168 felons convicted of major crimes who would have been required to submit DNA samples under the bill.

Implementing the program will cost an additional $2.3-million.

House Bill 1219, passed 101-to-0 and was sent to the state Senate for action.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.