In September of 2009 the Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted a preliminary audit on the collection of DNA samples, as required by law, and found there may be as many as 12,000 convicted offenders who had failed to provide a DNA sample to the Wisconsin DNA databank. Subsequent analysis conducted by DOC indicated that there were more than 17,000 DNA samples not collected.
The SAFE team has worked closely with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to implement the multijurisdictional DNA Task Force’s recommendations on improving the state’s process regarding the collection, submission, and tracking of DNA.
The SAFE team expanded its formal relationship with DOC to locate and obtain DNA samples from ex-offenders who are required to provide a DNA sample, but are no longer under the direct custody or supervision of the DOC. To date, the SAFE Task Force has confirmed obtaining DNA samples from over 3,300 ex-offenders.
SAFE also collaborated with DOJ to create a flag in the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system that alerts law enforcement officials to those offenders who are no longer under DOC supervision and are still required to provide a DNA sample. To date, over 2,500 “DNA Needed” flags have been set in the Computerized Criminal Histories by SAFE.
In conjunction, OJA leveraged several sources of federal funding to deploy RapID/LiveScan/and other fingerprint technology at all prison intake sites, as well as at specified Community Corrections offices, in order to accurately confirm the identity of a person through electronic fingerprint scanning.