The Effects Of Dna Technology On The World Of Forensic Science

1440 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Advances in DNA technology has expanded greatly in the world of forensic science. In the past a vast number of crime scene evidence was not considered for analysis is now being tested. Trace DNA is more effective in this century when convicting a criminal than it was 20-30 years ago. Due to the consist improvement of DNA technology forensic scientist are able to put away criminals the correct way.
“In fact, requests for post-conviction DNA analysis have become so prevalent that the federal government and almost every state have passed laws that govern when and how a convict can request to revisit a conviction based on new DNA evidence” (Post-Conviction DNA Analysis – FindLaw). Post-conviction DNA can release an convicted prisoner in two ways: first, the evidence could prove conclusively that the person convicted did not commit the crime; second, reasonable doubt that justifies overturning the “conviction without conclusively proving innocence” (Post-Conviction DNA Analysis – FindLaw).
Every state has a standard for post-conviction DNA analysis except for Massachusetts and Oklahoma. The federal government also has a statute that convers DNA testing. The judge uses the standards that are contained in the laws to determine if the evidence is enough to reopening the case. “In New York, for example, the new evidence must create a probability that had such evidence been received at the trial the verdict would have been more favorable to the defendant” (Post-Conviction DNA…
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