Colorado DNA evidence policies may change |

Colorado DNA evidence policies may change

DENVER, Colorado ” State lawmakers are considering rolling back some of the changes they made regarding DNA evidence last year.

A bill set for a hearing Monday afternoon would reduce the number of cases in which DNA evidence would have to be preserved.

For example, House Bill 1121 would no longer require DNA evidence from non-sexual misdemeanor cases to be preserved.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will take testimony on the bill, which has already passed the House.

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill requiring the preservation of DNA evidence in all cases where a defendant is sentenced to life in prison. Until then, investigators had no legal responsibility to hold onto DNA evidence.

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