On February 5–6, 2018, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), convened a diverse group of stakeholders from across the United States to gather information on strengthening medicolegal death investigations (MDI) nationally. This meeting sought to (1) begin a formal dialogue and engage with the MDI community to better understand how NIJ can assist with high-priority needs, (2) identify solutions to help with challenges encountered by MDI stakeholders, and (3) inform NIJ’s programs and initiatives based on the needs of the MDI community. This report provides an overview of the meeting, its objectives, and topics discussed, including NIJ’s programs to address the community’s needs, NIJ’s program to fund R&D in forensic science, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
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.