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Notes From the Field: Expanding the DNA Database to Solve Cold Cases

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November 2019
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This NIJ "Notes from the Field" article discusses how law enforcement can benefit from expanded DNA collection practices that allow for more samples to be entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) as an aid to resolving cold case investigations.


In this article from NIJ's "Notes from the Field" series, which allows leading voices in the field to share their strategies for responding to the most pressing issues on America's streets today, Lindsay Wade, a senior investigator with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, discusses Jennifer and Michella's Law. Investigator Wade specifically addresses her work in expanding DNA collection practices that enable more samples to be taken and entered into Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) in efforts to aid cold case investigation resolution.

Date Published: November 1, 2019