This report is a summary of a roundtable in which key stakeholders came together to explore innovative and victim-centered approaches to eliminating the backlog of rape kits in state and local jurisdictions and crime laboratories.
Handbook from the Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation concerning handling, packaging, storing and disposal of biological evidence, as well as chain of custody issues.
Summary fact sheet of the DNA Field Experiment that compared burglary investigations that used only traditional police practices to burglary investigations in which DNA evidence was also collected and analyzed.
This report from the National Institute of Justice examines the progress made at state and local levels to reduce DNA backlogs. The report includes a discussion of the conflicting definitions of what is a backlogged case, as well as looking at the two types of backlogs, DNA samples from active criminal investigations and DNA samples taken from convicted offenders, and the reasons why backlogs are increase despite increased Federal funding.
This report details a National Institute of Justice study evaluating the expansion of DNA evidence collection and testing to the investigation of property crimes.
February 2010 OLR Research Report on state and local laboratory turnaround times for various forensic tests, including DNA, in the 50 states.
Information about CODIS, including the number of investigations aided to date.
On-line training opportunities for law enforcement, victim advocates, forensic scientists, officers of the court, researchers, crime lab managers, and policymakers. DNA-related grant information. Publications containing information on DNA technology and its applications in criminal justice systems.
Federally funded resource that includes information on justice-related topics including publications on DNA.
Written materials on scientific advancements, case law, and legislation for prosecutors.
Web site includes information for SANEs and other medical personnel about SANE training, certification, and best practices. Resources related to Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Protocol of 2004, elder abuse and neglect, and nurses' role in primary prevention of sexual assault.
National clearinghouse for DNA matching to identify unidentified human remains and closed missing persons cases. Law enforcement can submit DNA samples from family members of missing persons and coroners and medical examiners can submit DNA samples from unidentified remains.
Web site created by Rob and Debbie Smith includes information on the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Act, Debbie's story, H-E-A-R-T's mission, and contact information for the foundation.
Information for family members and loved ones of missing children and adults.
Web site created by Jayann and David Sepich provides information about the value of forensic DNA and arrestee DNA testing laws.
Media and legislative information concerning forensic DNA. Sign up for periodic DNA e-mail reports.
Includes legal decisions on a variety of DNA-related issues. Information on the Denver DNA Burglary Project, including using DNA to solve property crimes. Website also includes the video, "DNA: Critical Issues Working with Victims."
Information for victims about the cold case unit and services offered. Downloadable brochures for victims of sexual assault and survivors of homicide in cases that have been classified
as or are being investigated as cold cases.