Daily Archives: May 6, 2015

Inside the forensic files: NYPD shows PIX11 how it’s tracking evidence

helix 10BROOKLYN (PIX11) — When we met NYPD Inspector Thomas Scollan at a neatly kept evidence warehouse in Brooklyn, he made it clear the Property Clerk Division follows strict, “chain of custody” procedures when it comes to tracking crime scene evidence.
Scollan has been charged, since last year, with turning the division around, as it relies more and more on computer technology to secure homicide folders, rape kits, and guns.

From Death Row to Exoneration Thanks to DNA Testing

Promega Connectons1Imagine being convicted of a crime for which you are not guilty—not some minor crime, but one of the most heinous crimes imaginable: the rape and murder of a young girl. Would you feel shock and anger at the injustice? Disappointment in the legal system that could make such a horrible error? Sadness and depression at the thought of spending time imprisoned for a crime that someone else committed? Probably all of those emotions and more. At your sentencing hearing, the situation gets worse; you are sentenced to death. Now, this horrible crime will prematurely claim the life of two innocents: the young girl and you.

Wayne County Gets $100K to Help Clear Backlog of Rape Cases

rape kit backlogSince 11,000 abandoned rape kits were found in 2009, authorities have tested 9,000 and ID’d 255 serial rapists. But more money is needed.