HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's second-highest court says prison officials can use reasonable force to take DNA samples from convicted felons who refuse to provide them.
The Appellate Court upheld a lower court's ruling Monday.
State law says all convicted felons must provide DNA samples, but it does not specifically say force can be used to obtain them. The Appellate Court ruled that prohibiting the use of force would allow felons to skirt the law and frustrate the legislature's goal of creating a DNA data bank to help in criminal investigations.
The court's decision came in the appeals of two felons, convicted robber and kidnapper Mark Banks, and convicted murderer Roosevelt Drakes.
A lower court said officials could use reasonable force, but stayed the ruling pending the appeals process.
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