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Limitations on the Use of Polygraph Exams in Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases

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The purpose of this fact sheet is to explain the limitations on polygraph use by law enforcement in criminal sexual conduct cases. According to the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program administered by the United States Department of Justice, all states, Indian tribal governments, territorial governments, and units of local governments receiving funds must comply with a prohibition on requiring victims of sexual violence to submit to a polygraph examination as a condition for proceeding with a criminal investigation. The law went into effect in Minnesota on July 1, 2008 as Minn. Stat. §611A.26.

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Last modified: 7/5/2022