Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week applauded a vote by U.S House of Representatives to approve a bill that would award grants to states to implement DNA collection for people arrested for felonies.
Originally introduced in 2010, the bill bears the name of Katie Sepich, a college student who was raped and murdered in 2003 in New Mexico. Her attacker was arrested several times over the next few years but was never linked to Sepich’s murder because his DNA was not collected until 2006.
“Katie’s law is an important step we can take that will save lives,” Schiff said in a statement. “Every improvement that we make to our DNA system means more violent crimes solved and more violent felons taken off the street.”