Testing the Waters at County Jails
The Boone County jail is first to open the door to DNA testing for a few inmates. It's not an open door policy, it's the law.
At the Boone County jail, Lieutenant Keith Hoskins now knows how to collect DNA samples from sex offenders. This jail is the first in the state to begin DNA collection. Fingerprinting is still part of the indetification process, this is better.
"DNA is scientifically and mathmatically much more exact than fingerprints," Hoskins explained.
But this new test probably won't be used much at the jail. Only inmates convicted of a felony or misdemeanor sex crime are documented this way.
"Fortunatley, here in Boone County, we don't have that many individuals that are convicted of misdemeanor sex crimes," Tom Reddin, Major, said.
But when testing is necessary, the steps are fairly simple. DNA collected at crime scenes can now be cross checked with DNA already in the system.
"Ultimatley, this is a crime solver," Hoskins said.
That's better late than never. Collected DNA is sent to the Highway Patrol's crime lab where it is put into an FBI system for future use.
Reported by: Sarah Keeven