Most violent crime is committed by repeat offenders, who have been in and out of jail or prison, had cases against them dismissed in court, or have never been caught.
Fortunately, Maryland State law requires that convicted felons submit DNA samples, which can then be matched to samples taken from the scenes of crimes. But when the O’Malley Administration took office in 2007, there were over 24,000 DNA samples from convicted felons that had never been analyzed or added to the State’s DNA database. Furthermore, many violent felons had never had samples collected, as required by law.
Working collaboratively with the State Police, beginning in April of 2007 community supervision trained 500 agents in DNA collection and incorporated DNA collection into standard intake procedures, eliminating that backlog. By the end of 2008, community supervision had collected almost 25,000 DNA samples and today continues to collect on average over 600 samples a month.
In 2008 these DNA samples resulted in 338 hits from convicted felons, while in 2009 through May there have been 106 from both convicted and newly charged offenders.
MARYLAND CJIS CODE SEARCH FOR QUALIFYING ARREST OFFENSES
The following search tool identifies offenses that require DNA collection upon charging.
CJIS Code Search for Qualifying Arrest Offenses
MARYLAND CJIS CODE SEARCH FOR CONVICTED OFFENSES REQUIRING DNA
The following search tool identifies offenses that require DNA collection upon conviction.
CJIS Code Search for Qualifying Conviction Offenses
MARYLAND STATE POLICE WEBSITE LINK:
Law enforcement agencies may access an electronic version of the DNA Database Information Card found within the Maryland State Police DNA collection kits. This form can be populated with data and printed out for submission within the kit.
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MARYLAND STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCES DIVISION DNA COLLECTION TRAINING VIDEO
Agencies must use this video to certify staff tasked with the collection of DNA samples.