TEX GV. CODE ANN. § 411.148 : Texas Statutes - Section 411.148: MANDATORY DNA RECORD

(a) This section applies to:

(1) an individual who is:

(A) ordered by a magistrate or court to provide a sample under Section 411.154 or other law; or

(B) confined in a penal institution operated by or under contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; or

(2) a juvenile who is, after an adjudication for conduct constituting a felony, confined in a facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Youth Commission.

(b) An individual described by Subsection (a) shall provide one or more DNA samples for the purpose of creating a DNA record.

(c) A criminal justice agency shall collect a sample ordered by a magistrate or court in compliance with the order.

(d) If an individual described by Subsection (a)(1)(B) is received into custody by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, that department shall collect the sample from the individual during the diagnostic process or at another time determined by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

(e) If an individual described by Subsection (a)(2) is received into custody by the Texas Youth Commission, the youth commission shall collect the sample from the individual during the initial examination or at another time determined by the youth commission.

(f) The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shall notify the director that an individual described by Subsection (a)(1)(B) is to be released from custody not earlier than the 120th day before the individual's statutory release date and not later than the 90th day before the individual's statutory release date. An individual described by Subsection (a)(1)(B) may not be held past the individual's statutory release date if the individual fails or refuses to provide a DNA sample under this section. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice may take lawful administrative action, including disciplinary action resulting in the loss of good conduct time, against an individual described by Subsection (a)(1)(B) who refuses to provide a sample under this section. In this subsection, "statutory release date" means the date on which an individual is discharged from the individual's controlling sentence.

(f-1) The Texas Youth Commission shall notify the director that an individual described by Subsection (a)(2) is to be released from custody not earlier than the 120th day before the individual's release date.

(f-2) The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Youth Commission, in consultation with the director, shall determine the form of the notification described by Subsections (f) and (f-1).

(g) A medical staff employee of a criminal justice agency may collect a voluntary sample from an individual at any time.

(h) An employee of a criminal justice agency may use force against an individual required to provide a DNA sample under this section when and to the degree the employee reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to collect the sample.

(i)(1) The Texas Department of Criminal Justice as soon as practicable shall cause a sample to be collected from an individual described by Subsection (a)(1)(B) if:

(A) the individual is confined in another penal institution after sentencing and before admission to the department; and

(B) the department determines that the individual is likely to be released before being admitted to the department.

(2) The administrator of the other penal institution shall cooperate with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as necessary to allow the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to perform its duties under this subsection.

(j)(1) The Texas Youth Commission as soon as practicable shall cause a sample to be collected from an individual described by Subsection (a)(2) if:

(A) the individual is detained in another juvenile detention facility after adjudication and before admission to the youth commission; and

(B) the youth commission determines the individual is likely to be released before being admitted to the youth commission.

(2) The administrator of the other juvenile detention facility shall cooperate with the Texas Youth Commission as necessary to allow the youth commission to perform its duties under this subsection.

(k) When a criminal justice agency of this state agrees to accept custody of an individual from another state or jurisdiction under an interstate compact or a reciprocal agreement with a local, county, state, or federal agency, the acceptance is conditional on the individual providing a DNA sample under this subchapter if the individual was convicted of a felony.

(l) If, in consultation with the director, it is determined that an acceptable sample has already been received from an individual, additional samples are not required unless requested by the director.


Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 595, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1063, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1368, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1509, Sec. 1, 2.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 595, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1063, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1368, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Reenacted and amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. <a target="new" href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/79R/billtext/html/HB01068F.HTM">1224</a>, Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2005.

Reenacted and amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. <a target="new" href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/79R/billtext/html/HB01681F.HTM">1245</a>, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Reenacted and amended by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. <a target="new" href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/HB03295F.HTM">760</a>, Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2007.