- A new state law will take effect today, greatly expanding the collection of DNA samples by police.
Now DNA will be taken from anyone arrested for a violent felony.
Samples will be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The agency won't process the samples until a judge finds probable cause that a crime was committed.
Previously, DNA samples were only taken from convicted felons and sex offenders.
The Department of Justice expanded its Madison crime lab and hired more staff to handle tens of thousands of additional samples.
The agency already collects about 12,000 DNA samples from convicted felons every year.
It expects to receive 25,000 samples from felony arrests.
Another 43,000 samples come from misdemeanor convictions this year because of the new law.
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