March 7, 2018
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission Executive Director, Lindsey Guice Smith, was selected to serve on the NIST/NIJ Evidence Management Executive Steering Committee. This committee is comprised of 17 individuals from across the United States with backgrounds in criminal justice, law enforcement, evidence management, academia, and more.
This collaboration is an effort to expand upon the work of the Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence. The Executive Steering Committee will be identifying guidance needs for the preservation, storage, and tracking of non-biological evidence types; revising existing standards to reflect current best practices in storage, tracking, and preservation; and promoting awareness of challenges and solutions in evidence management. Ms. Guice Smith is currently attending the Committee’s first meeting on March 6-8, in Gaithersburg, MD.
The National Institute for Standard and Technology (NIST)* was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)⁺ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
*Information was obtained from https://www.nist.gov/
⁺Information was obtained from https://www.nij.gov/