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DOC to use DNA to fight contraband

May 12, 2010

JurMap-WholeStateThe Indiana Department of Correction will use technology to analyze DNA samples from prison contraband, thanks to a pilot project believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The ability to collect DNA from objects such as cell phones, drugs, handcuff keys, weapons, and other items will aid in the prosecution of inmates and anyone who attempts to smuggle contraband.

The DOC is partnering with Indianapolis-based Forensic ID on the pilot project; DOC correctional officers began training in late April. Prison officials say reducing the number of illegal items that get into the prisons can save money on costs associated with health care and inmate assaults.

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