Evidence Preservation in Alaska
State statute requires the automatic preservation of all evidence for crimes related to murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, first degree sexual assault, and first degree sexual abuse of a minor. The evidence must be maintained indefinitely for murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide convictions. In the case of first degree sexual assault and first degree sexual abuse of a minor, the period of preservation lasts for the length of the incarceration, or while the individual is registered as a sex offender. Effective: 2010
Alaska’s statute does NOT meet the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.