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Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2020

This report provides data on the workloads, staffing, resources, policies, procedures, and budgets of the 326 standalone forensic laboratories and multi-laboratory systems in 2020. Continue reading…...

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science

This article presents a review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science which can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court. Continue reading…...

Wrongful Convictions and Claims of False or Misleading Forensic Evidence

This study examined case factors associated with wrongful convictions classified by the National Registry of Exonerations. Continue reading…...

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...

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...

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...
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FY2024 Solicitation Webinar – Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence (Postconviction) Program

This webinar, presented by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), features an overview of the FY2024 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence (Postconviction) Program solicitation. As part of this presentation, BJA discusses various elements of the solicitation, changes that have been implemented from previous iterations of the program, eligibility requirements, and...

FY2024 Solicitation Webinar – Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA (COLD) Program

This webinar, presented by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), features an overview of the FY2024 Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA (COLD) Program solicitation. As part of this presentation, BJA discusses various elements of the solicitation, changes that have been implemented from previous iterations of the program, eligibility requirements, and...

FY2023 Grantee Orientation Webinar – Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System (ME/C) Program

This webinar features the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) providing an overview of the Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System (ME/C) Program to its FY2023 grantees. During the webinar, BJA introduces key personnel and provides relevant program updates, guidance on performance measures for the program, and information on grant requirements. ME/C...

FY2023 Grantee Orientation Webinar – Missing and Unidentified Human Remains (MUHR) Program

This webinar features the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) providing an overview of the Missing and Unidentified Human Remains (MUHR) Program to its FY2023 grantees. During the webinar, BJA highlights key personnel, updates to the program for FY2023, specifics on program performance measures, and relevant grant requirements. Additionally, grantees are...

FY2023 Grantee Orientation Webinar – Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA (COLD) Program

This webinar features the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Forensics TTA teams welcoming FY2023 grantees of the Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA (COLD) Program. BJA Policy and Program staff provide a brief overview of the grant program, provide examples of allowable activities that fall within guidelines of the...

FY2023 Grantee Orientation Webinar – Competitive DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

This webinar features the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) introducing Competitive DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program grantees to the overall BJA team that works collectively to administer their award funds including the BJA Policy Office and BJA Programs Office. This webinar provides useful training information on how...
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DOJ Interim Policy Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching

The purpose of this interim policy is to promote the reasoned exercise of investigative, scientific, and prosecutorial discretion in cases that involve forensic genetic genealogical DNA analysis and searching (‘FGGS’). (Description taken directly from the policy document) Continue reading…...
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