(KMOV) -- Illinois lawmakers are getting tougher on sex offenders and violent criminals. A bill demanding DNA for a new set of offenders is headed to the governor's desk.
This new bill (HB3238) applies to anyone arrested -- not just convicted -- but arrested of violent crimes like first degree murder, home invasion and sexual assault. Plus, anyone required to register as a sex offender -- regardless of when they were convicted -- would have to submit d-n-a if they move to Illinois.
The idea is simple but very forward-thinking. Up to this point, the Illinois DNA database only exists for convicted felons.
Here's another interesting caveat to the proposed law: if someone's DNA gets submitted to the database by mistake but it matches a crime, that DNA is valid.
"Let's say we had somebody whose DNA got put into there by mistake -- it was inappropriately in there -- and yet we caught a predator or we caught a serious offender, I don't think the system and the public should suffer because of a mistake when justice really needs to be done," Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says.
If someone is acquitted of a crime, that person's DNA sample could be destroyed if the court ordered it.