October 29, 2010
Criminal Justice Department Professor Matthew Hickman conducted research on evidence
retention policies in U.S. law enforcement agencies and found that less than
half of U.S. police departments have a policy for preserving biological
evidence from convicted offenders. This finding has clear implications for
unsolved cases and post-conviction DNA testing. Hickman’s co-researchers were Kevin Strom and Jeri Ropero-Miller of RTI International , one of the world’s leading research institutes. On November 9,
Hickman will be joined by Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie , University of Washington,
Director of the Innocence Project NW, and Kirk Bloodsworth , the first death row
inmate exonerated by DNA in a continuing education program at 6 p.m. in Pigott
Auditorium. The program is free for SU students, staff, and faculty.
The Department of Criminal Justice is one of 33 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences which also offers a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice .
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