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Governor signs measure requiring DNA samples from those arrested for violent crimes

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Anyone arrested for allegedly committing a violent crime will have to provide a DNA sample beginning next year under legislation signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

The governor's office announced Tuesday he had signed the bill.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. David Bates significantly expands the state's DNA collection law. DNA samples had previously been required only from those convicted of a felony.

Samples will now be required from anyone arrested for murder, kidnapping, rape, child molestation, manslaughter, first-degree arson and certain assaults.

Individuals could seek to have their record expunged and the sample destroyed if the charges are dropped or they are found not guilty.

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