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Mass. felons’ DNA test database has gaps

State fails to collect samples of 20,000

State officials have failed to collect the DNA samples of roughly 20,000 convicted felons, as required by law and dictated by the courts, leaving a gaping hole in the State Police DNA database, said state public safety officials.

The absence of the samples was discovered recently during the mandated updating of the state’s Criminal Offender Record 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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