Crime labs use scientific techniques to process evidence collected during sexual assault exams and by law enforcement. Crime labs do not interpret the evidence or decide what the evidence means.
The Boston Police Department’s crime lab handles evidence for cases in Boston. The Massachusetts State Police Department’s Crime Lab handles evidence for the rest of the state.
This project was supported by Grant #2009-WF-AX-0014 awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants & Research and subgranted to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division.