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Lawmakers try to fix a side effect of reducing drug and theft crimes: Not enough DNA samples for cold cases

by Jazmine UlloaLos Angeles Times
December 22nd, 2016

A gloved hand swabs a knife to collect DNA for evidence.

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California lawmakers are once again trying to expand the collection of DNA evidence in criminal cases, something they say has declined under Proposition 47, hurting cold rape and murder investigations.

The landmark ballot measure, which voters passed in 2014, reduced drug possession and some theft crimes to misdemeanors in a move to lower the jail and prison population across the state. But in doing so, law enforcement officials say, the list of felony cases from which police are required to gather DNA evidence has been narrowed, causing a drop in the state’s database of forensic samples.

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