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DNA Collection Procedure

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Following verification of an offender's DC qualifying offense, and a database review to ensure that the offender has not already had a DNA sample collected, the offender is referred for DNA collection by staff in the Offender Processing Unit (OPU) during intake, or by the Community Supervision Officer (CSO), if the offender is already under supervision. It is the CSO's responsibility to ensure that the offender is referred to and complies with DNA collection.

Upon the offender reporting for DNA collection and positive confirmation of the offender's identity, the offender's blood sample is collected by a finger stick by a trained and certified DNA Technician Phlebotomist. The blood collected is placed on the DNA sample card (also known as the FBI Double GeneCard).

After obtaining the sample, the DNA Technician signs the FBI form FD-936 and fingerprints the offender's two index fingers onto the form. The DNA Technician then signs the form and packages the DNA sample card and the completed form FD-936. The DNA Technician then places an evidence seal on the DNA collection kit. Prior to the DNA Technician collecting a DNA sample from another offender, the collection kit for the offender is set aside for mailing to the FBI. CSOSA has initiated a state-of-the art chain of custody for this procedure.

If an offender does not comply with CSOSA's direction for DNA collection, he or she may be convicted of a Class A federal misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.



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