That the analysis of DNA contained in biological evidence that may be recovered from a crime scene facilitates such identification, detection and exclusion;
That the comparison of DNA data recovered from a crime scene with existing DNA records maintained in a central DNA database further facilitates such identification, detection and exclusion; and
That requiring individuals convicted of certain crimes to provide a blood sample for DNA analysis with the resulting DNA records maintained in a central DNA database will likewise further facilitate the aforementioned identification, detection and exclusion and may serve to discourage recidivism.
Therefore, the Legislature finds that assisting federal, state and local criminal justice and law-enforcement agencies through the use and development of DNA analysis is of the utmost importance and urgency in this state and that a DNA identification system shall be established as described in this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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