Regional
12:42 am
Thu March 2, 2006

Juvenile Offenders DNA

Frankfort, KY – A judge has ruled that state corrections officials can start taking DNA samples from certain juvenile offenders.
The ruling, issued Wednesday, is only temporary. Franklin circuit judge Roger Crittenden plans to rule later on whether state law allows DNA testing of juveniles.
In the meantime, DNA can be taken from juveniles who have committed felony sex offenses or burglary. Under the ruling, state officials can't share the information with federal authorities.
Attorneys who represent juveniles filed suit last month challenging the state's plan to expand DNA testing. They argue the plan vioates the juveniles' rights.
Crittenden is giving both sides another two and a half months to file more papers.