Postconviction DNA Case Management Symposium

Postconviction DNA cases involve management of some of the most complex practical and procedural matters. In January 2009, NIJ held the first Postconviction Case Management Symposium to promote: 

  • Coordination among prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories.
  • Participation in the Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance Program, which provides funding to states to defray costs of postconviction DNA casework.

NIJ invited criminal justice practitioners from across the nation. The people who attended the symposium will help develop and implement of postconviction DNA testing assistance programs within their state and local jurisdictions.

Sessions included:

  • Triumphs and Tragedies of DNA Exonerations
  • Postconviction Statutes: A National Perspective
  • Case Identification and Evaluation
  • Breaking Down the Double Helix: Crime Labs and the Courts
  • Evidence Location, Retention, and Preservation: Policy and Practice
  • Case Study in Postconviction DNA: The Bernard Webster Case
  • Cold Case Investigations: Lessons Learned Relevant to DNA and Postconviction Relief
  • Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance Programs
  • Lessons Learned: Identifying and Overcoming Challenges Related to Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance

Watch videos and view presentations of each panel from the Postconviction DNA Case Management Symposium Exit Notice.

Date Modified: February 10, 2009