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Performance Audit of the DNA Database Administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement , Report No. 94-10, October 1994

  • Only 45% of the required blood samples from eligible offenders have been submitted to FDLE. The law does not specifically assign the responsibility for collection of blood samples. FDLE has not developed adequate procedures to ensure samples are collected and submitted. As a result, offenders convicted and released or placed on probation since the establishment of the database may commit additional crimes and not be identified by the database.
  • Incarcerated offenders convicted of murder and sex offenses prior to the establishment of the database and juveniles who have committed sex offenses are not required to submit blood samples. As a result, the database does not include DNA profiles for all known sex offenders currently under state jurisdiction and expected to return to communities in Florida.
  • As of December 1993, DNA profiles from a relatively small portion of the state's unsolved crimes had been compared against the database. FDLE has not determined what portion of unsolved cases have evidence that can be used to obtain DNA profiles. The DNA database has not been implemented in a way to maximize its usefulness to local law enforcement. Currently, the database contains a relatively small portion of sex offenders and murderers, and it does not contain many sex offenders and murderers most likely to be in our communities (i.e., those sentenced to jail or probation, those convicted prior to the establishment of the database, and juveniles). Although the database provides a potentially valuable resource in identifying repeat offenders, it has not yet been extensively used to identify suspects and resolve crimes. After five years and over $1 million in implementation costs, it is not clear what amount of additional resources are needed to make the database an effective law enforcement tool.

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