The goal of this project is to construct a quantitative representation of the information contained in fingerprints — a representation that would have two benefits. First, it can reveal those areas that experts consider most diagnostic, which might help trainees or jurors decide the value of different regions of the fingerprint. Second, it can guide an expert as to how diagnostic a region may be if it differs from their expectations.
The Bode Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of forensic DNA services, has announced sexual assault kits (rape kits) from the Alameda County rape kit backlog were shipped to Bode for DNA analysis under a multi-agency collaboration. This collaboration will serve as a model towards clearing the backlog of untested kits in the county.
The SAPS (South African Police) receives 1 200 exhibits for forensic testing daily and the backlog is "only 10 000." Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, head of Forensic Services for SAPS said they handle 400 000 exhibits per year.
With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.
Following a 13-year manhunt, the most sought-after drug lord in the world was apprehended in Mexico. Forensics tests were performed to confirm that the man was, in fact, Guzmán.
Drug overdose deaths in Eastern Connecticut are skyrocketing. Officials are worried about the increasingly devastating impact of heroin in the region, and there has been a new, recent twist — heroin that is spiked with a potent painkiller for a lethal combination.
A sprawling literature exists describing the challenges of re-entering society after serving time in prison, an experience that is marked by depression and disorientation, and is hard enough for those who have been rightfully punished for their crimes. But what about those who are wrongly sent away as the victims of mistaken identity or prosecutorial error?
One of California’s largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch. The watch’s primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think.
A man who was framed by a rogue detective and served 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit will receive $6.4 million from the City of New York in a settlement that came before a civil rights lawsuit was even filed, lawyers involved in the case say.
Behind several layers of security guards, ID swipes and an iris scan or two, the Centre for Forensic Sciences has a cache of weapons. Thousands of different firearms are tucked away and hung in neat rows. Seeing that much firepower in one place is a frightening, breathtaking experience. But for Joanne Rovensky and the other members of the all-female firearms technologist team, the firearms library is just part of the average workday.
Consecutive and Random Manufactured Semi-automatic Pistol Breech Face and Fired Cartridge Case EvaluationsFebruary 21, 2014 10:46 am | by Ashley Chu, Shannon McClorry, Roy Geiss, David Read, David Howitt and Michael Hill, NIJ | Comments
This report evaluates the impression markings on cartridge cases fired from semi-automatic pistols to determine to what extent these markings can be used to identify an individual firearm or whether they occurred by random chance.
A new law will expand a state DNA database in South Africa used to fight crime by compelling police to take samples from convicted offenders as well as suspects in crimes ranging from homicide to theft, a major undertaking that will test the nation's troubled police force.
The New York State attorney general has proposed legislation that would allow people who have confessed or pleaded guilty to a crime they did not commit to sue the state for damages.
The University of Chicago Crime Lab plans to use a $1 million gift from a longtime supporter to partner with agencies across the U.S. in an effort to expand its policy work — and further its studies of problems such as underground gun markets.
When a serious crime is committed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a team of special agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service process and examine crime scene evidence.