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This study estimated the extent of synthetic drug production   (methamphetamines, in particular) in Quebec, Canada; assessed its export   potential to the U.S. drug market; and explored implications for counter-  narcotics policies.

Estimating Meth & Other Synthetic Drugs from Quebec

November 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by NIJ | Comments

This study estimated the extent of synthetic drug production (methamphetamines, in particular) in Quebec, Canada; assessed its export potential to the U.S. drug market; and explored implications for counter-narcotics policies.       

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Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of a crowd of online users to collaboratively solve problems. To advance this emerging technology, researchers are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and optimize human efforts and machine comp

Fighting Crime through Crowdsourcing

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by University of Miami | Comments

Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of a crowd of online users to collaboratively solve problems. To advance this emerging technology, researchers are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and optimize human efforts and machine computing elements.

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 Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities

NY Prosecutor to Fund Rape Kit Testing Nationally

November 13, 2014 8:26 am | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | Comments

Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers.

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Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Serological Research Institute Introduces Wet-vac Forensic DNA Collection

November 13, 2014 8:26 am | by Serological Research Institute | Comments

Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method.                             

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Forensics Expert to Testify at Ferguson Grand Jury

Forensics Expert to Testify at Ferguson Grand Jury

November 12, 2014 12:27 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

A private forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown will testify before the grand jury deciding whether to charge the Ferguson police officer who shot him, the attorney for Brown's parents said Wednesday.       

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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

Police Arrest Suspect in 1998 Cold Case Murder of Jerusalem Teen

November 12, 2014 11:42 am | by The Jerusalem Post | Comments

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

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Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center proved it is possible to teach an old dog "new tricks" by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

Handheld Chemical Detector Also Used for Explosives

November 12, 2014 11:31 am | by Edgewood Chemical Biological Center | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center proved it is possible to teach an old dog "new tricks" by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.           

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey have officially opened the new Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab located on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lab Opens on BGSU Campus

November 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Bowling Green State University | Comments

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey have officially opened the new Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab located on the campus of Bowling Green State University.     

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Hand-drawn forensic sketches based on witness descriptions are a traditional yet time-consuming method used to catch criminals. But in some cases, authorities don’t have the luxury of time. A new automated sketch recognition system is changing this race a

Combining Forensic Art and Technology to Catch Criminals

November 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Michigan State University | Comments

Hand-drawn forensic sketches based on witness descriptions are a traditional yet time-consuming method used to catch criminals. But in some cases, authorities don’t have the luxury of time. A new automated sketch recognition system is changing this race against the clock.

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Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot.

NYC to Stop Many Small-time Marijuana Arrests

November 11, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot.       

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The courtroom is traditionally a place steeped in history, and governed by   laws that were passed many centuries ago. But one Florida-based company wants   to bring the justice system up to date with the latest technology.

3D Printing Creates Evidence for Criminal Trials

November 11, 2014 11:17 am | by Inside 3DP | Comments

The courtroom is traditionally a place steeped in history, and governed by laws that were passed many centuries ago. But one Florida-based company wants to bring the justice system up to date with the latest technology.         

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Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.

Austrian Forensic Experts Investigate Massacre in Mexico

November 10, 2014 1:31 pm | by Shadia Nasralla, Reuters | Comments

Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.   

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The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported

Mexican Meth Replacing Heartland Homemade

November 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

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Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention   to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public   burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to   help identify the roug

New York City Seeks to Put Names to Unidentified Bodies

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by Corey Kilgannon, The New York Times | Comments

Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to help identify the roughly 1,200 bodies they have received since about 1990 that they have been unable to identify.

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The International Association of Forensic Nurses — a nursing association representing more than 3,300 registered nurses and other professionals in 22 countries — is celebrating its yearly Forensic Nurses Week to celebrate the accomplishments and dedicatio

Forensic Nurses Week Recognizes Important Work in the Field

November 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by The International Association of Forensic Nurses | Comments

The International Association of Forensic Nurses — a nursing association representing more than 3,300 registered nurses and other professionals in 22 countries — is celebrating its yearly Forensic Nurses Week to celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of professionals in the field as well as raise awareness about the importance of their work.

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