Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2016
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate approves measure requiring DNA samples upon felony
The full Senate has given its approval to a bill supporters say
will enable more cold cases to be solved in Oklahoma. Sen. Clark
Jolley and Rep. Lee Denney are the principal authors of HB 2275,
which amends current law so that DNA samples could be collected
upon arrest for a felony crime. The DNA would be collected through
a sample of saliva.
“Right now Oklahoma collects DNA upon conviction for felonies
and certain misdemeanors. We’re in the minority of states
that don’t do this upon arrest,” said Jolley, R-Edmond.
“We collect fingerprints upon arrest, but DNA identification
is much more accurate. This will enable us to solve crimes as well
as cold cases for some of those most heinous crimes in our state
and it will also prevent future crimes by making sure the true culprit
is behind bars.”
Jolley said the bill requires a person’s DNA information to
be expunged from the database if charges are dropped or if the defendant
is not bound over for trial after their arraignment. He noted HB
2275 amends Juli’s Law, named for University of Oklahoma ballet
student Juli Buskin whose cold case homicide was finally solved
after Oklahoma initially expanded the DNA database.
“This will enable us to solve more crimes like Juli Buskin's
and bring more closure to Oklahoma families who are waiting for
law enforcement to finally be able to identify the person that murdered
their child,” Jolley said.
Denney said the legislation was very important for the state of
“Especially in the light of us looking at justice reform and
the people we lock up. I think we need to be locking up the people
we’re scared of,” said Denney, R-Cushing. “DNA,
as I’ve always said, will convict the guilty and exonerate
HB 2275 now goes to the governor for her consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622