Updated: Sunday, 26 Jun 2011, 11:19 AM MDT
Published : Sunday, 26 Jun 2011, 11:19 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A battle is brewing over a soon-to-be enforced state law requiring DNA samples from anyone arrested on felony charges.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the ACLU thinks the law over-reaches by collecting sensitive, private information from people who still deserve a presumption of innocence.
The new law is an expanded version of the 2006 measure called "Katie’s Law".
It allows for the collection of DNA samples from people arrested for certain felonies, including sex offenses, kidnapping, burglaries and robberies.
The new law would require a DNA sample from anyone arrested on a felony charge.
Expanding the law was a top priority of Governor Susana Martinez.
She said the new law, which takes effect July 1, will help prevent future crimes