ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the DNA database expansion bill into law. The measure was passed last week during the Legislature's all-night session.
Now, someone convicted of any misdemeanor or felony under state law will have to submit their DNA to a state database. In the past, convictions in the misdemeanor class did not require DNA.
Cuomo said the justice system is all about finding the truth and doing what is right.
He said, "DNA is the state of the art devise to find the truth. It is the modern day finger print. It revolutionizes the industry. Not to use it was actually a way of avoiding the truth. The truth can prove guilt and the truth can prove innocence."
The DNA Databank was first created in 1996. Since then, it has helped solve more than 2,700 crimes in New York.