This report serves as a practical resource for law enforcement personnel who review old, cold, or unsolved cases that may be solved through the use of DNA technology and databases. The report looks at the science and technology of DNA testing and databases and provides background information on legal and practical considerations for applying DNA technology to unsolved cases. It also delivers a step-by-step process to help investigators select cases that would most likely be solved with DNA evidence.
Using DNA to Solve Cold Cases

Issues 9 and 10 of the Strategies Prosecutors Newsetter on Violence Against Women discuss finding a balance between victim privacy and offender accountability in cases. Issue 9 offers an overview of confidentiality and privilege laws. Issue 10 discusses protecting privileges and the victims who assert them.

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This report describes the need for investigators to have fundamental knowledge about identifying, preserving, and collecting DNA to help solve cases.
What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence

This fact sheet provides a very brief overview of DNA - what it is and where it can be found at a crime scene.
What is DNA?

Issue #11 of the Strategies Newsletter discusses the influence of a Supreme Court ruling on expert testimony. Read this Issue.

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