Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 1.5
DNA Detection of Sexual and Violent Offenders

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1.5-19

§ 12-1.5-19. DNA offender audit.

(a) The crime laboratory pursuant to chapter 1.2 of this title shall conduct an audit of offender DNA profiles included on the state DNA databank pursuant to this chapter in order to identify the number of DNA profiles that are missing from the databank which should have been collected pursuant to this chapter. The crime laboratory shall support this effort as necessary to comply with report deadlines.

(b) The audit shall initiate with offender DNA samples that were required to be collected under this chapter, and shall include all samples required pursuant to § 12-1.5-7.

(c) A preliminary report including the overall number of estimated owed DNA samples shall be reported to the general assembly promptly upon completion of the initial audit, due to the significant risk to public safety of any failed collections. The preliminary report shall be provided by January 1, 2024.

(d) A final report to further include additional details on types of offenses for which DNA samples are owed, and an overview of where collection failures occurred shall be submitted no later than December 31, 2024. Thereafter, an annual audit shall be completed and reported to the general assembly no later than December 31 of each year.

History of Section.
P.L. 2023, ch. 354, § 1, effective June 26, 2023; P.L. 2023, ch. 355, § 1, effective June 26, 2023.