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NCJ Number: NCJ 161258   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial
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Author(s): E Connors ; T Lundregan ; N Miller ; T McEwen
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 115
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: The development of DNA technology has helped police officers and prosecutors in the fight against violent crime; using DNA evidence, prosecutors are often able to conclusively establish the guilt of a defendant.
Abstract: Like fingerprint evidence, DNA evidence offers prosecutors an important new tool in the identification and apprehension of violent criminals, particularly in sexual assault cases. At the same time, DNA evidence can be used to exonerate the innocent. By highlighting the importance and utility of DNA evidence, the report presents challenges to the scientific and criminal justice communities. These challenges involve maintaining high standards for collecting and preserving DNA evidence, ensuring that DNA testing methodologies meet rigorous scientific criteria for reliability and accuracy, and increasing the proficiency and credibility of forensic scientists so their results and testimony are of the highest caliber and can withstand exacting scrutiny. Meeting these challenges requires continued support for research that advances the field of forensic science. Commentaries and profiles of DNA exculpatory cases are presented to illustrate the power and potential of DNA evidence. Policy implications of DNA testing and use as evidence are discussed. Notes and exhibits
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Violent crimes ; Evidence ; Violent offenders ; Suspect identification ; Blood/body fluid analysis ; Sexual assault ; Sex offenders ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; DNA fingerprinting ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: NIJ Research Report
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