- New collection requirements will mean thousands more DNA samples to be analyzed in Wisconsin.
The state Justice Department is getting ready by increasing staff at the crime lab in Madison.
Wisconsin currently takes DNA samples from everyone convicted of a felony.
DNA is also taken for certain misdemeanors.
A new law will require people to give up their DNA upon arrest for a violent felony.
A DNR sample will also be taken after any misdemeanor conviction.
The law takes effect in April.
It's anticipated the changes will translate to about sixty five-thousand additional samples next year.
The Department of Justice has hired 21 analysts, techs and supervisors to handle the influx at its Madison lab.
The agency has also launched a 5-million dollar renovation at the facility to house them.
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