Welcome to the DNA Resource Center

We are committed to raising awareness about the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice to victims.

DNA Resource Center Publications


Reports

Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog: A Roundtable to Explore a Victim-Centered Approach

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.

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers

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.


DNA Solves Property Crimes (But Are We Ready for That?)

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.


Making Sense of DNA Backlogs - Myths vs. Reality

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.


DNA Field Experiement: Cost Effectiveness Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High Volume Crime

This report details a National Institute of Justice study evaluating the expansion of DNA evidence collection and testing to the investigation of property crimes.


Forensic Testing Turnaround Times in 50 States

February 2010 OLR Research Report on state and local laboratory turnaround times for various forensic tests, including DNA, in the 50 states.



Helpful Links


FBI Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

Information about CODIS, including the number of investigations aided to date.

The President's Initiative to Advance Justice Through DNA Technology

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.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Federally funded resource that includes information on justice-related topics including publications on DNA.

National District Attorney's Association/American Prosecutors Research Institute DNA Forensics Program

Written materials on scientific advancements, case law, and legislation for prosecutors.

International Association of Forensic Nurses

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.

University of North Texas Center for Human Identification

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.

Hope Exists After Rape Trauma

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.

The Tommy Foundation

Information for family members and loved ones of missing children and adults.

DNA Saves

Web site created by Jayann and David Sepich provides information about the value of forensic DNA and arrestee DNA testing laws.

DNA Resource Report/Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Media and legislative information concerning forensic DNA. Sign up for periodic DNA e-mail reports.

Denver District Attorney DNA Resources

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."

Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit

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.


Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were developed with funding under cooperative agreements 2009-SZ-B9-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and 2011-TA-AX-K048, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were also developed with funding from our partner, Life Technologies.