DNA Testing in Criminal Justice, and More from CRS

05.19.11 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

“Increasing awareness of the power of DNA to solve crimes has resulted in increased demand for DNA analysis,” according to a new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service, “which has resulted in a backlog of casework.”

“Some jurisdictions have started to use their DNA databases for familial searching, which involves using offender profiles to identify relatives who might be perpetrators of crimes,” the report said  See “DNA Testing in Criminal Justice: Background, Current Law, Grants, and Issues,” May 2, 2011.

Other new CRS reports include “The Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria” (pdf), May 3, 2011, and “U.S. Global Food Security Funding, FY2010-FY2012” (pdf), April 28, 2011.