Paternity Testing From Prison:
How Get A Paternity Test
When An Alleged Father
Is In Prison?

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How to get a DNA test from someone in prison?

Yes. It is possible for an inmate to partake in a paternity test while being incarcerated. Unfortunately, the process is, not a cut and dry process. Each state prison may have a slightly different process in place to perform a DNA sample collection on its premises if allowed. Some facilities may not allow DNA sample collections on their premises. It is something that may be a reality for some people who are going to go through this process to at least consider.

Over the years, IDTO has never experienced a prison not allowing a DNA sample collector to collect a sample onsite. But, you would have to follow a specific protocol in order to coordinate a DNA paternity test at jail or prison. In this post, we will share the process we experience when performing DNA sample collections on an inmate.

How does an inmate request a paternity test?

Step 1. The first thing a person looking to perform a DNA test with someone in prison. In most instances, this person is the mother of the child who is initiating the process. They must first locate exactly were the incarcerated party is being held. This should always be done before contacting IDTO. 

Step 2. Once you find the location of the alleged father. Please contact the prison or jail and inquire about their protocol to have a DNA sample collected on their premises.

Step 3. Contact IDTO at 888-204-0583 to inquire about our mobile DNA sample collection services and the coordination of the sample collection process for prison. Once all samples are collected they will be sent to the lab to be analyzed and processed. If you would like to learn more about our court admissible paternity test click here

 

Do I need a court order to perform a paternity test on an inmate?

In all of the DNA sample collections, we have performed in prisons over the years. Each person had either a court order or a letter from a government institution requesting the named parties involved to provide proof of a biological relationship.

In some cases, the facility may not allow a mobile collector into the prison. But they may allow for a DNA test kit to be mailed into their prison where the prison’s nurse may be responsible for collecting the DNA sample of the inmate. Then the samples will be shipped back to the lab from the prison. We always recommend seeking the assistance of an attorney to help with communicating with a prison. Some facilities may respond to your attorney quicker than they will respond to you.

In all of the DNA sample collections, we have performed in prisons over the years. Each person had either a court order or a letter from a government institution requesting the named parties involved to provide proof of a biological relationship.

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How will the DNA samples be collected at the prison?

DNA samples collected at a prison or jail are done 99% of the time by buccal swab. Blood draw samples are also an available option. It is important to note both options have similar accuracy.

Can an inmate deny to refuse a paternity test when a court order has been issued?

Yes. As we understand it, A prison can not make an inmate agree to have his or her DNA sample collected even with a court order. If the inmate refuses the judge will issue a default judgment on the case.

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