By Whitney Bryen
Oklahoma Watch 

In unannounced move, Oklahoma jails begin collecting DNA from arrestees


December 14, 2018

With no announcement, Oklahoma jails are beginning to collect DNA from individuals arrested on felony charges – the first step in implementing a controversial state law passed two years ago.

So far, hundreds of jail inmates have had the insides of their cheeks swabbed, and the samples have been forwarded to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which soon will analyze and upload the genetic profiles to a national FBI database. The goal is to connect arrestees to unsolved crimes, which could lead to additional charges.

Oklahoma County confirmed that it is swabbing arrested inmates, a...

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