A new Wisconsin law is taking effect today that expands
the collection of D-N-A samples by police.
Local police will now be required to take D-N-A from
anyone arrested for a violent felony .
and send the sample to the Wisconsin Department of
The D-O-J won't process the samples until a judge
finds probable cause that a crime was committed.
In the past .
D-N-A samples were only taken from convicted felons
and sex offenders.
The D-O-J already collects about 12-thousand D-N-A
samples from convicted felons every year.
It expects to process 25-thousand samples from felony
arrests and 43-thousand
samples from misdemeanor convictions
this year as a result of the new law.