Kentucky corrections officials are taking steps to ensure DNA samples are taken from every felon in the state, following new revelations that the failure to collect the samples was more widespread than initially thought.
The corrections department said yesterday that a deeper review found samples weren't taken from about 16,000 offenders, more than twice the number of missing samples disclosed in July.
Corrections officials announced plans meant to guarantee DNA samples are collected from every felon, as required by law.
Those steps include a multi-level review to ensure a sample has been taken from every offender prior to release from custody or supervision.
The department says it has collected more than 5,000 missing samples.