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Illinois could soon require DNA from suspected criminals

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(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.

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