Corrections officials say they have reduced number of inmates who have refused to provide DNA samples to 13 from 78

OWH 06/09/17

Nebraska prison officials say the number of inmates refusing to provide DNA samples has dropped to just 13 — as the State Corrections Department works to remedy missteps 20 years in the making.

After a World-Herald investigation in April, department officials said 78 inmates had refused to comply with a 20-year-old state law requiring all convicted felons to submit their DNA into a database that can help clear unsolved crimes.

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