This bill would update current law to allow DNA samples to be processed using Rapid DNA technology, which can shorten analysis time from as much as two months to two hours. It would allow analysis to be performed with Rapid DNA instruments located at police department booking stations and other approved locations. Expedited evidence analysis would allow local law enforcement officers to make a more informed decision about holding or releasing a suspect that’s still in custody.
Rapid DNA devices would be required to be used in accordance with standards and procedures issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ensure the integrity of the devices and the accuracy of results.
Current law prohibits police officers from running the results of a Rapid DNA test through the FBI’s CODIS database, as only results from accredited crime laboratories can be used. This legislation would undo that prohibition so long as tests are conducted in accordance with FBI guidelines.