The Use of DNA - This is a letter that Governor Cuomo wrote to the citizens of New York
Dear Fellow New Yorkers,
DNA is a crucial crime-fighting tool that has the power to prevent crime, convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Currently, DNA is only collected from less than half of all crimes on the books in New York. Even with its currently limited information, the DNA databank has provided leads in over 2,900 convictions and helped exonerate 27 innocent New Yorkers.
To better protect New Yorkers and improve the state's criminal justice system, Governor Cuomo has proposed legislation to obtain DNA from anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor. With this expanded base of information, the state will do a better job of protecting New Yorkers.
Governor Cuomo was joined today at the Capitol by victims groups supporting this important legislation. A mother of a rape survivor, Ann, shared her story of how the DNA database identified her daughter’s rapist 10 years later when he was convicted of petty larceny.