Richmond, Va. (WTKR) — During every arrest for a violent crime a suspect can expect to be handcuffed, fingerprinted, and given a mug shot. But already in more than half the states nationwide, those charged with certain crimes are also handing over their DNA. That includes the state of Virginia, according to a report from WTVR/CBS 6 in Richmond, Va.
Back in 2002, then Delegate McDougle carried the bill at the Virginia capital that would allow the Commonwealth to collect DNA samples from those charged with violent crimes, WTVR reports. It passed with one stipulation:
“We have to destroy the sample if you’re found non-guilty,” said McDougle.