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NCJ Number: 250246 Find in a Library
Title: From the Deputy Director: Supporting the Effort To Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:76  Dated:April 2009
Author(s): John Morgan
Date Published: April 2009
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008F-08165; OJP–95–215
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Deputy Director for Science and Technology in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) describes ways in which NIJ is assisting States in reviewing their convictions in certain serious violent crimes to find any cases in which DNA evidence might prove innocence and lead to exoneration.
Abstract: There are significant barriers to identifying how many wrongfully convicted people might be exonerated through DNA testing. NIJ is committed to giving the criminal justice community the resources it needs to address these barriers. NIJ has released a new solicitation that will fund additional States or local agencies working through their State administering agencies in their participation in the post-conviction DNA testing program. In order to assist those who want to build a coordinated post- conviction review team, NIJ recently hosted a Post-conviction DNA Case Management symposium in collaboration with the American Judicature Society and other organizations interested in countering wrongful convictions. In this symposium, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and forensic scientists from across the country identified strategies for building and managing post-conviction review programs. Five States that received grants from NIJ under the post-conviction program have developed effective models for other jurisdictions. Each of these States allows for post-conviction DNA testing and provides for the preservation of biological evidence in all relevant cases. In addition, NIJ plans to initiate studies that will identify lessons to be learned from exonerations. 5 notes
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): DNA fingerprinting; DNA Typing; Evidence identification; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Wrongful conviction
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