Support DNA Testing in Felony Cases

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Target: U.S. House of Representatives

Goal: Allow law enforcement to collect DNA from anyone arrested for a felony

A new bill proposed to the House of Representatives will enact a federal version of Katie’s Law–a law, originally passed in Colorado, that allows law enforcement to take DNA samples from suspects arrested for a felony. Many states have already passed this law, and it is proven to be effective in catching serial killers and sexual predators.

Katie’s Law is named after Katie Sipech, a woman who was raped and murdered in Las Cruces, Colorado. Her killer was not found until three years later, when he was arrested and convicted for another felony. The law will encourage law enforcement agencies to take DNA samples from suspects arrested for violent crimes. This will save future victims from waiting years for justice. However, those opposed to the law say it is a violation of privacy and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Yet if a suspect is truly innocent, collecting DNA will only prove his innocence in a crime. As for a violation of privacy, it is no more a violation than what is already collected from those arrested. Jayann Sepich, Katie’s mother, has said of the law, “We take fingerprints when someone is arrested. We take mug shots. But in many states, we still don’t take DNA—the most accurate, powerful scientific tool available.” This federal bill will allow and encourage every state to take DNA and use this powerful tool to find felons.

In states which have already enacted Katie’s Law, there has been a high success rate of catching serial sexual predators. Passing this law across the country will mean a nationwide decrease of violent crime. It is a common sense law, and it needs to be passed in order to ensure safety throughout the country. Tell the House of Representatives to support the federal version of Katie’s Law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. House of Representatives:

A new bill proposed to you will create a federal version of Katie’s Law, a law that allows and encourages law enforcement to collect DNA from suspects arrested for felonies. DNA is an extremely accurate way to identify people, and using it will help law enforcement agencies across the country to protect citizens from violent criminals.

I ask you to support this bill. In the states in which it has already been enacted, the law has been extremely successful in helping law enforcement catch serial sexual predators. Enacting this law across the country will help bring down the rates of violent crime nationwide.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. There should be legislation to make DNA testing an automatic protocol.

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