MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says former inmates who never gave a DNA sample before they were released from still owe the state.
Van Hollen tells Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch in a letter that an inmate's obligation under state law to provide DNA doesn't expire. He says they still have a legal duty to give a specimen their sentence ends, even if Corrections didn't take it from them when they were incarcerated. Anyone who doesn't comply would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
A state Justice Department audit last fall found DNA samples the Corrections Department should have taken from at least 12,000 offenders never made it into the state's DNA database.
Corrections spokesman Anthony Streveler didn't immediately return a message.
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