Erie County Community College hosted an unusual testing event recently. More than 100 people turned up to provide DNA samples for inclusion in the state's DNA databank. According to local news outlets, everyone came in "voluntarily."
In fact, the people standing in line with their photo IDs firmly in hand received special invitations to the event, invitations that reminded them that, as people who have been convicted of a felony, they owe the state a DNA sample. Similar events have been held and will continue to be held as the county looks to collect samples from more than 1,000 offenders.