Katie's Law Deemed Success by NM Governor
Governor Susana Martinez is calling the expanded Katie's Law, which allows the state to collect DNA samples from everyone arrested in the state for a felony, a success.
Martinez says an update to the law, which took effect last July, has resulted in a quote "remarkable rise in dna matches that have allowed more criminals to be put behind bars."
She credits the law with a 92 percent increase in matching suspects to crimes, including five homicides and three sex crimes.
The original law, named after slain New Mexico State University student Katie Sepich, required DNA samples from suspects arrested for violent felonies such as murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and sex offenses.
Last year's revision extends the testing requirement to all felonies.