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Harsdorf Praises U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on DNA Collection
Decision finds DNA collection at arrest law constitutional
 
“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for victims of violent crimes and their families.  The Supreme Court’s decision found that law enforcement may collect a DNA profile from a criminal arrested for a serious offense as a reasonable police procedure, likening a cheek swab to fingerprinting and photographing.” 
 
“This ruling brings further confidence that now is the time to move forward on implementing enhanced DNA collection in Wisconsin, an effort I have championed and that is now advanced by Governor Walker and Attorney General Van Hollen in the budget bill.  The experiences of 26 other states and the federal government in collecting DNA profiles at felony arrest show that this initiative will help save lives, catch career criminals, and exonerate the innocent.”