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NCJ Number: 235613 Find in a Library
Title: Evidence Retention Policies in U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies: Implications for Unsolved Cases and Postconviction DNA Testing
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:May 2011  Pages:133-148
Author(s): Kevin J. Strom; Matthew J. Hickman; Jeri D. Ropero-Miller
Date Published: May 2011
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2007F_07165
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the processing, submitting, and retaining of forensic evidence within U.S.law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: The use of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system has grown appreciably in the United States. Yet policies that dictate how State and local agencies maintain and store forensic evidence have not kept pace. This study examined the prevalence of evidence retention policies, as well as storage locations and tracking systems, in a nationally representative sample of State and local law enforcement agencies. Less than half of U.S. police departments have a policy for preserving biological evidence from convicted offenders. Among agencies having a policy, the responsibility for retaining evidence was most commonly placed with the investigating law enforcement agency. Implications of these findings and policy directions are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Law enforcement
Index Term(s): Evidence identification; Evidence preservation; Forensic sciences; Police policies and procedures
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