ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's been one year since an expanded version of Katie's Law went into effect.
The law requires all suspects arrested for any felony submit a DNA sample.
On Monday, Governor Susana Martinez and Katie Sepich's family said the new law is working.
Under the previous Katie's Law, only violent felons were required to submit DNA samples.
The governor says out of six homicide arrests in New Mexico over the last year, five have matches to previous criminal activity
Katie's Law was named after Katie Sepich, the NMSU grad student who was raped and murdered in 2003.
Three years later Gabriel Avila was linked to Katie's murder through DNA after he had already been convicted of burglary.
Her family fought tirelessly to pass the first version of Katie's Law that had only convicted violent felons submitting DNA samples
Katie's family was with the governor Monday to talk about how under the new expanded version of the law, people arrested for felonies like car theft, drunk driving or drug charges must submit DNA.
"Five families have hope for answers were due to the expansion if we hadn't expanded Katie's Law that is so important," Katie's mother, Jayann Sepich, said.
The ACLU has disagreed with the law.
In a statement Monday, the ACLU said that it continues to believe the law is unconstitutional because it targets people who have not been convicted of a crime.
ACLU New Mexico says it is looking for an appropriate case to challenge the law.
Twenty five states have something similar to Katie's Law.
New Mexico is one of 13 states with the expanded version of Katie's Law.
Approximately 875 DNA samples are being taken every month and it takes about 24 days for the data to be entered into the system.
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