Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Wilma NeanderthalGenetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours..

Gov Approves Two Laws Aimed At Improving Criminal Justice System

DNA_TestingTwo bills aimed at improving Mississippi’s criminal justice system will soon take effect statewide. MPB’s Paul Boger reports on the changes to the state’s legal system

White: Let’s add science to battle against crime

DNA 3DBilly West has the Big Idea. Pay attention.Cumberland County’s district attorney has figured out how to make our criminal-justice system work better and faster. It’s a simple plan, albeit not cheap. But it’s slam-dunk-sure to work.
The youthful DA laid it out when he spoke April 11 at Fayetteville’s Safe Streets Symposium: We need a local crime lab.
West said his office, which handles about 100,000 cases a year, does a good job of moving cases through the judicial system. “Our numbers are some of the best in the state for moving cases,” he said, “except in cases waiting for the lab.”

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Law To Account For Untested Rape Kits

sole DNAWASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On April 4, Governor McAuliffe signed SB 658, a bill that takes the first step towards removing dangerous criminals from the streets of Virginia. The new law, sponsored by State Senator Richard Black (Leesburg) requires all Virginia law enforcement agencies to account for any untested sexual assault kits in their evidence storage facilities. By doing so, Virginia joins a growing number of states taking steps to account for valuable, yet long ignored, rape case evidence.