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Arkansas State Crime Lab Preparing for Roll-Out of Rapid DNA Testing

By: Will Langhorne

Published: September 3, 2023

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory is launching a new DNA profiling program that officials say will allow law enforcement to quickly determine if a person under felony arrest is connected to serious unsolved crimes.

The technology, referred to as rapid DNA, is expected to debut in a pilot program at booking facilities in two counties by mid-2024. While the program is still in its early stages, state officials are considering kick-starting it in Faulkner and Saline counties, aid Miranda Crawford, who is helping to lead the program's launch at the state Crime Lab.

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