Texas Government Code

Sec. § 411.141

In this subchapter:


“CODIS” means the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System. The term includes the national DNA index system sponsored by the FBI.


“Conviction” includes conviction by a jury or a court, a guilty plea, a plea of nolo contendere, or a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity.


“Criminal justice agency” means:


a federal or state agency that is engaged in the administration of criminal justice under a statute or executive order and that allocates a substantial part of its annual budget to the administration of criminal justice;


a secure correctional facility as defined by Section 1.07 (Definitions), Penal Code; or


a community supervision and corrections department, a parole office, or a local juvenile probation department or parole office.


“DNA” means deoxyribonucleic acid.


“DNA database” means one or more databases that contain forensic DNA records maintained by the director.


“DNA laboratory” means a laboratory that performs forensic DNA analysis on samples or specimens derived from a human body, physical evidence, or a crime scene. The term includes a department crime laboratory facility that conducts forensic DNA analysis.


“DNA record” means the results of a forensic DNA analysis performed by a DNA laboratory. The term includes a DNA profile and related records, which may include a code or other identifying number referenced to a separate database to locate:


the originating entity; and


if known, the name and other personally identifying information concerning the individual who is the subject of the analysis.


“DNA sample” means a blood sample or other biological sample or specimen provided by an individual under this subchapter or submitted to the director under this subchapter for DNA analysis or storage.


“FBI” means the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


“Forensic analysis” has the meaning assigned by Article 38.35 (Forensic Analysis of Evidence; Admissibility), Code of Criminal Procedure.


“Institution of higher education” has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code.


“Penal institution” has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07 (Definitions), Penal Code.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 595, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1224 (H.B. 1068), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1209 (S.B. 727), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2009.

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