Forensic DNA Fundamentals for the Prosecutor

American Prosecutors Research Institute


DNA has become an invaluable instrument in the search for justice. DNA evidence may play a significant role at various points throughout the life of a criminal case, from the initiation of a criminal investigation through post-conviction confirmation of the truth.

As the “end users” of DNA evidence, prosecutors must be “in the know.” Understanding DNA, both the science and its technology, is not discretionary, but compulsory to the responsible practice of criminal law.

This publication serves as a primer for prosecutors on the basics of DNA. The application of the science and the math, trial issues and potential defense challenges that prosecutors face in DNA cases will be addressed in detail.

Never before has material like this been assembled for prosecutors. We hope prosecutors will use this publication to strengthen investigations, find the truth, serve justice and give voice to those who may not have one.

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