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DNA and Forensics

DNA and Forensics

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The potential benefits of forensic science for the criminal justice system currently are met with practical concerns about lab capacity, funding and appropriately trained personnel. Building Forensic Technology Capacity.

NCSL PARTNERS

NCSL has partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to research and provide information to state legislatures on pending and recently enacted state legislation, and state laws on forensic science issues. The foundation is committed to pursuing research and developing tools to ensure the system is effective in protecting the public, minimizing crime, making wise use of public resources, and administering justice fairly and efficiently.

 

 

FORENSIC SCIENCE LAWS DATABASE

DNAStates utilize DNA analysis for many crime fighting purposes. NCSL’s DNA Laws Database identifies key issues in DNA analysis and summarizes state laws to regulate them.

 

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OVERVIEW | DNA AND FORENSICS

During the last 20 years, DNA analysis has developed into one of law enforcement’s most effective crime fighting tools. DNA analysis allows laboratory personnel to match biological samples from suspects to crimes scenes, crime scenes to other crime scenes and even crime scenes to family members of the suspects. DNA analysis has gained the attention of legislators for its ability to aid law enforcement in reducing crime, catching repeat offenders and exonerating those wrongfully convicted of crimes.

 

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