Gov. Paterson unveils bill requiring DNA sample for all criminals

THE BRONX - Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation that would require all persons convicted of a crime to submit a DNA sample to the state's database.

The law currently requires only those who have been convicted of a felony to submit a sample.

Supporters of the law compare the database to the current practice of fingerprinting all criminals. Critics, however, say it crosses the line and may violate civil rights.

The legislation is now in committee in Albany and most likely will not be brought up for debate until the fall.

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