State officials have failed to collect the DNA samples of nearly 20,000 convicted felons, as required by law and dictated by the courts, leaving a gaping hole in the State Police DNA database system, state public safety officials said Thursday. The lack of samples was discovered recently during the required updating of the state’s Criminal Offender Registry Information database, and it raised concern among law enforcement officials that felons were evading the law and have been going unnoticed.
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