DNA evidence is playing a larger role than ever before in criminal cases throughout the country, both to convict the guilty and exonerate the wrongly accused. Biological samples that were impossible to test for DNA 10 years ago may yield critical evidence if tested today. Because DNA evidence is a powerful tool in the search for truth, it is important that victim service providers understand the potential significance of DNA evidence in their clients' cases.

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Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers
April 2001