NIJ’s next Research for the Real World seminar examines the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program with which firearms examiners are able to compare fired bullets or cartridges from a crime scene with digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.
One day soon, microorganisms in a body may help homicide investigators determine a more exact time of death. A team of researchers at Alabama State University are taking a closer look at what happens to microbial cells after humans die.
Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.
Historic preservation officials are using the latest in forensic science to unravel the mystery of a young pioneer prospector buried in a forgotten grave 140 years ago and discovered by construction crews in the Deadwood's Presidential neighborhood in 2012.
A year and a half ago, a group of law enforcement agencies seemed finally to have found a solution for faster DNA testing, given their backlog of cases waiting on test results. But just before the proposal was set in motion, the owner of DNA:SI in Burlington passed away. Now, after more than another year passing of unsolved break-ins and other property crimes, some of those agencies have found an alternative.
The University of Central Florida is home to one of the richest resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators.
A forensic excavation in Meadow Valley, California, will begin later and cost more money than originally expected. The project, spearheaded by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, entails digging up an old well to search for possible human remains.
North Carolina House lawmakers gave final approval to a measure that would allow State Crime Lab analysts to testify via videoconferencing, but the bill includes no money to pay for the technology. Senate Bill 594 is a criminal justice omnibus that contains more than a dozen provisions making changes in areas from illegally carried concealed weapons to graffiti.
Video footage of Olympic paralympian Oscar Pistorius reenacting the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp has emerged. The video released by Australia’s Channel 7 shows Pistorius - wearing a green Nike vest and black running shorts - running awkwardly without his prostheses, with his right arm stretched out and his hand clenched as if holding a gun.
It's become the last, best hope of people charged with a crime: a DNA test that proves police have the wrong guy. Tell that to Antwon Watkins. The 16-year-old South Philadelphia High School junior was found guilty of simple assault by a Philadelphia Family Court judge April 28 despite negative DNA results, alibi witnesses, school attendance records, and having no prior arrests.
Rosa Delia Guerro Lopez never joined the military, but now she wishes she had. Hollywood depictions of Soldiers cleaning floors with toothbrushes convinced young Guerro Lopez, now 42, and a pathology technician at the Institute of Forensic Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico, that the military was not the place for her. She associated the armed forces with conflict and knew nothing of benefits like free education.
Sam Sheppard's murder case documents, including trial transcripts, police investigations and coroner reports, are now online — and sure to draw interest in a case that continues to captivate the nation. Days before the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Sheppard's brutal death, Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library has launched a public website.
West Virginia University is offering a Paint Evidence and the Forensic Laboratory course on July 8-10, 2014. Learn more about how paint evidence can be analyzed in the lab with polarizing light microscopy, FTIR, XRF and Raman. The course will include hands-on experience using each of these techniques.
Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential, according to a new RAND Corporation report.
The Phoenix Police Department is now sharing crime data with the community in a simpler way. The department has partnered with Regional Analysis Information Sharing, otherwise known as RAIDS, and rolled out the long-awaited program for the public and its officers.