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  • Hickman Presents on Evidence and Police Department Policies

    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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