On August 1st, Governor Cuomo’s all-crimes DNA bill went into effect. This law, signed into law by the Governor in March, makes New York the first state in the nation to require collection of DNA samples, a modern-day fingerprint, from anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Previously, only 48 percent of offenders convicted of a Penal Law offense were required to provide a DNA sample.
Even with its limited information, the DNA databank provided leads in nearly 2,900 convictions. DNA evidence has also led to the exoneration of 27 New Yorkers who were wrongly convicted.
A complete DNA databank will help convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and give law enforcement the best crime-fighting tool to better protect New Yorkers.