Research Report Collecting DNA from Juveniles
Julie Samuels, Allison Dwyer, Robin Halberstadt, Pamela Lachman
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Collecting DNA from Juveniles examines the laws, policies, and practices related to juvenile DNA collection in the United States. States have increasingly required juveniles - mostly those adjudicated delinquent but also some arrestees - to submit DNA samples for analysis and inclusion in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the FBI-operated national database. The report describes the issues encountered during the implementation of these laws, including the coordination challenges between the state crime labs and juvenile justice agencies, and discusses the challenges that researchers and practitioners face in assessing the effects of juvenile DNA collection on public safety outcomes.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Courts and sentencing Juvenile justice Forensic science
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center