News 09.03.08

Mississippi task force will study evidence preservation

A group of officials from across Mississippi’s criminal justice system has begun work reviewing the state’s evidence preservation practices and may recommend a state law requiring law enforcement agencies or the state crime lab to store evidence.

Most evidence is currently kept by court clerks, and court basements are often crowded, messy and poorly secured. Mississippi Innocence Project Director Tucker Carrington is the chairman of the new task force, and he says the group may recommend a centralized storage facility at the state crime lab.

Mississippi was jarred into action by the release earlier this year of two Noxubee County men wrongly convicted in separate child murder cases. One of the men was on death row.

Mississippi's 82 counties handle DNA evidence in different ways. Some may not collect DNA in every investigation because it is too costly.

The task force will recommend statewide standards for identification, collection and preservation of DNA, as well as training for law enforcement officers and others.


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. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger, 09/03/08)



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  1. Stacy Mitchell says:

    This is Stacy Mitchell and my son has been wrongfully jail for a crime he hasn’t did in noxubee country please I’m looking for some most needed help to bring my son home the case was Lamarcus Jones vs Noxubee country with Mr allgood the Da can you please contact me as soon as you can

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