Taking DNA from all convicts

Currently, Maine law provides that anyone who is convicted of a felony offense (Murder, Class A, B and C crimes) must provide a DNA sample.  The sample is suppose to be put into the State database and then uploaded to the federal database.  When unknown DNA is found at a crime scene it can be put into the database to compare it against all known samples.  New York Governor David Paterson is proposing the idea of taking DNA samples from all convicts. In Maine such an idea would be good in theory but in reality it would be a fiscal nightmare.  Maine currently cannot keep its database up to date.  Maine is approximately two years behind in getting the samples of convicted felons into the database.  Until Maine is willing to invest in the necessary funds and manpower to make the current system work it is a bad idea to implement a similar proposal in Maine.

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