The House of Representatives in Jamaica, on Tuesday passed the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Evidence Act with four amendments.

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting piloted the Bill, which is a critical weapon in the fight against crime. It provides for the compulsory taking of DNA samples from suspects and convicted people.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the legislation also provides for the keeping, maintaining, and operating of a consolidated forensic DNA databank, to be known as the National DNA Register, for the purposes of forensic investigation and human identification.

The DNA Bill is the third major piece of path-breaking legislation that has been put forward by the Ministry of National Security in the last 3 years.

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