Daily Archives: June 23, 2015

Evaluation of the Forensic DNA Unit Efficiency Improvement Program

Justice DeptThe Urban Institute contracted with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct an evaluation of its 2008 Forensic DNA Unit Efficiency Improvement Program. The findings suggest that there is some evidence in support of the hypothesis that crime lab DNA processing can be improved in novel and innovative ways besides simply increasing capacity.

NC rape victims waiting 2+ years for DNA test results

DNA CollectorNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)-It’s a topic making national headlines. Rape kits, with DNA evidence from the crime, sitting untested in crime labs for years. In other cases, kits simply abandoned in police evidence rooms with no plans to test them at all.

Crime-scene DNA errors spark complex legal questions

DNA HelixPHOENIX — Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation as the forensic gold standard.
Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mistakes will have a minimal effect on criminal cases, but the real impact of the revelations in courtrooms across the country remains to be seen.