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Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers



Shannan R. Williams, Melissa Taylor, Susan M. Ballou, Mark D. Stolorow, Margaret C. Kline, Phylis S. Bamberger, Larry Brown, Rebecca Brown, Burney Yvette, Davenport Dennis, Lindsay DePalma, Ted Hunt, Cynthia E. Jones, Ralph Keaton, William Kiley, Joseph Latta, Karen Thiessen, Gerry LaPorte, Linda E. Ledray, Randy Nagy, Brian Ostrom, Linda Schwind, Stephanie Stoiloff


Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers is a policy brief intended to provide guidance to legislators, advocates, and managers within criminal justice agencies that influence policy. The content in this document is informed by an in depth analysis of current State legislation in existence as of the date of this document's publication. Using examples from existing State statutes, and a thorough examination of current trends, law, scientific literature and the expertise of the membership, the following report discusses key legislative provisions and recommends statutes, rules, or policies to be implemented by states to improve the preservation of biological evidence.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8048
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Forensic Science, DNA, Evidence, Policy


Williams, S. , Taylor, M. , Ballou, S. , Stolorow, M. , Kline, M. , Bamberger, P. , , L. , Brown, R. , Yvette, B. , Dennis, D. , DePalma, L. , Hunt, T. , , C. , Keaton, R. , Kiley, W. , Latta, J. , Thiessen, K. , LaPorte, G. , Ledray, L. , Nagy, R. , Ostrom, B. , Schwind, L. and Stoiloff, S. (2015), Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created April 13, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018