Category: Publications

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The National Institute of Justice’s Report to Congress: Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices

In conducting this needs assessment, the Department identified the importance of strengthening these types of efforts through the increased use and institutionalization of systems-based approaches. Further, this needs assessment compiles demonstrative evidence of how the field adapts to advancements in technology, changes in the volume and types of forensic evidence, and the evolving needs of the justice system, with particular focus on sexual assault evidence backlogs and the opioid crisis (Description taken directly from the document).
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Strengthening the Medicolegal-Death-Investigation System: Improving Data Systems

The National Science and Technology Council’s Fast-Track Action Committee on Strengthening the Medicolegal-Death-Investigation System (FTAC-SMDIS) was chartered in July 2015 to make strategic policy recommendations at the Federal level on how to address issues related to accessing and working with data generated by ME/C offices. The recommendations outlined in this report suggest a role for the Federal government in enhancing medicolegal-death-investigation (MDI) data infrastructure and quality, and system capacity, by improving coordination among appropriate departments and agencies and providing support to ME/C offices.
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Strengthening the Medicolegal-Death-Investigation System: Accreditation and Certification A Path Forward

This document provides recommended actions that departments and agencies could consider, in a coordinated effort, in order to ensure and possibly accelerate the accreditation and certification of ME/C offices and MDI practitioners, and retention of existing ME/Cs. Consideration of the proposed actions, appropriations to support their implementation, and prioritization and execution of the actions are necessary to provide the United States with a modern, professional, and efficient MDI system that can provide accurate, comparable, and timely data to policymakers, researchers and public health and safety officials.
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SAKI Toolkit: Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

Prosecutors face unique challenges when preparing to take a cold case sexual assault to trial. This category will assist prosecutors by providing information about unique aspects of a cold case sexual assault, overcoming common defenses, how to prepare for trial, and key considerations during trial. (Description taken from SAKI TTA website)
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Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices

The Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (JFARA) mandated a needs assessment of forensic laboratories, which included an examination of workload, backlog,1 personnel, and equipment needs for both public crime laboratories and medical examiner and coroner (ME/C) offices. In conducting this needs assessment, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made efforts to integrate literature, stakeholder comments, and feedback from listening sessions in an extensive examination of the forensic science components currently operating in the United States. This community has seen many advances and promising practices in the past decade, some of which are featured in this report. (Description taken directly from report)