How does CODIS work?

Once a DNA profile is developed, this profile can be searched against a database of convicted offender DNA profiles. If the DNA profile matches with a convicted offender, the laboratory will need to confirm the match and obtain the identity of the suspect. The DNA profile can also be searched against a database of crime scene DNA profiles. If there is a match through this database, the laboratory will need to confirm the match. If this match is confirmed, it will link the two crime scenes together.  “Linking” crime scenes does not automatically resolve a case, but it is a good reason for investigative personnel to further investigate both crimes.

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1. What is SAKI?
2. Why is SAKI so important?
3. What is the SAKI process?
4. What is a sexual assault kit?
5. When and where is forensic exam conducted?
6. Who does the sexual assault kit?
7. What is DNA?
8. Why is the sexual assault kit done?
9. What is a DNA profile?
10. How does DNA get left behind?
11. How does the crime lab analyze for DNA?
12. What is CODIS?
13. How does CODIS work?
14. Does the victim’s DNA go into CODIS?
15. If there is a CODIS hit, does it mean that the suspect has been identified?
16. What happens if DNA evidence is not found?
17. Why weren't the kits tested?
18. Why are we testing the kits now?
19. What information does the suspect know?
20. Who can I contact to get more information about my sexual assault kit?