This section provides examples of State and local programs and initiatives available online.
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD): Accredited Laboratory Index
ASCLD’s Accredited Laboratory Index site provides access to more than 400 (as of November 2013) crime laboratories that are accredited by ASCLD/Laboratory Accreditation Board (LAB). The site provides for a means to locate facilities using a number of different criteria, including location, disciplines, or type of facility.
The National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find ratings and reviews of specific programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including forensics/evidence.
Forensic Information Data Exchange (FIDEX)
The FIDEX system allows criminal justice stakeholders to share forensic information. It consists of the portal and two standardized sets of Information Exchange Package Documents, one for submitting forensic cases to the crime laboratory and one for tracking the disposition of court cases for which forensic evidence has been submitted. By electronically determining the real-time status of court cases, crime laboratories can reduce their backlogs by identifying cases that have been dismissed or plea bargained in the courts and no longer need analysis.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.