Introduction

A Landscape Study of SOPs to Collect and Process Arrestee and Convicted Offender DNA Samples

A Landscape Study of SOPs to Collect and Process Arrestee and Convicted Offender DNA Samples

Date

September 2018

Overview

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) is conducting a landscape study and root cause analysis which seeks to (1) identify factors that may result in potential barriers related to the collection, testing, and uploading of arrestee and convicted offender samples and (2) identify successful polices and highlight key recommendations and suggested best practices related to the collection, testing, and uploading of these samples. Although many jurisdictions have policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the collection, testing and upload of lawfully owed DNA samples in response to legislation, it is possible that gaps in design and overall disconnects in communication and data work flow, may result in the inability to effectively uphold the requests of the legislation.

This study is currently being conducted. The project team presented a poster on preliminary findings and next steps at the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Phoenix, Arizona on September 24-27, 2018.


Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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