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Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Helping Catch and Convict Those Guilty of Serious Crimes

JUNEAU - The Senate passed a bill March 17 requiring state and municipal police agencies to retain biological evidence. SB l10, sponsored by Senator Hollis French, D - Anchorage, is designed to help catch and convict those guilty of the most serious crimes-murder, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of a minor-while also mandating that DNA evidence used to convict those individuals be stored as long as that individual is in prison or required to register as a sex offender.

"SB 110 harnesses the power of DNA to both convict the guilty and to free the innocent," said Senator French, who served a state prosecuting attorney prior to joining the Legislature. "I'm pleased the Senate gave their support to this important legislation."

SB 110 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

(For more information, please contact Cindy Smith in Senator French's office at 907-465-3892)

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