Criminalist Nikki Sewell works to extract DNA from a jacket in the Sacramento County violent crime lab in 2013. By reclassifying many felonies as misdemeanors, California’s Proposition 47 reduces the number of suspects from whom police agencies can collect DNA for a state database.
Criminalist Nikki Sewell works to extract DNA from a jacket in the Sacramento County violent crime lab in 2013. By reclassifying many felonies as misdemeanors, California’s Proposition 47 reduces the number of suspects from whom police agencies can collect DNA for a state database. Renée C. Byer Sacramento Bee file
Criminalist Nikki Sewell works to extract DNA from a jacket in the Sacramento County violent crime lab in 2013. By reclassifying many felonies as misdemeanors, California’s Proposition 47 reduces the number of suspects from whom police agencies can collect DNA for a state database. Renée C. Byer Sacramento Bee file

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February 14, 2015 4:00 PM

Proposition 47: a bad idea’s unintended consequence; it restricts DNA collection

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