A bill that would allow law-enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples at the time of booking for those arrested on a felony moved forward with unanimous support in an emotional House committee hearing.
We typically think of big cities as the most crime-ridden, but the above statistics from the FBI are just a few of the interesting facts uncovered in this infographic from CriminalJusticeDegreeHub.com, which ranks all 50 states in crime categories such as murder, forcible rape, auto theft, robberies, assault and more.
Intelligent Fingerprinting, a British company developing the world’s first handheld fingerprint-based drug screening device, has secured £750,000 in funding from a consortium of private US-based investors.
"POTENTIAL FATALITY at Deer Island.” Mary McCauley hung up the phone and looked at her watch. It read 3:20 p.m. McCauley was a Massachusetts state trooper assigned to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, focusing on death investigations. She most likely wouldn’t investigate the case unless someone actually died.
The death recently of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, found with a needle in his arm, has drawn nationwide attention to the resurgence of heroin and the widening of a deadly addiction epidemic. But these issues have long been on the radar in Rhode Island, a state with one of the highest rates of people using drugs and dying from them.
Chris Bily is an instructional coordinator with West Virginia University's Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative, which is offering free workshops to middle and high school students. The day-long workshops in WVU's Crime Scene Complex put students through a realistic set of paces when it comes to Fingerprints, Footwear impression evidence, Firearm identification and Bloodstain pattern analysis.
Japan and the United States signed an agreement on February 7 to provide each other with fingerprints and criminal records of crime suspects. The two sides said the arrangement was intended to help solve serious criminal cases and curb terrorist threats.
Law enforcement is dominated by men. Science is also dominated by men, who tend to collect higher degrees and higher salaries than women. By all accounts, forensic science — the marriage of the two — should be the same. Instead, more women are finding jobs, filling classrooms and creating careers for themselves in the field. In places like Torrance, Calif., they're not just catching up to their male counterparts, they're outpacing them.
The destruction of evidence ordered in the case of the rape and killing of an expectant mother was likely justified by harm that could occur if the material became public, according to legal experts. That's despite a move toward preserving more evidence as a possible tool for exoneration, especially involving DNA.
Police officers testified Friday that a Georgia teen died almost immediately after a Florida man fired repeatedly into his vehicle following an argument over loud music outside a convenience store.
DNA evidence from a 40-year-old murder led police to charge a former furniture mover, already convicted of rape in California, for the murder of Eileen Ferro.
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Two days of painstakingly detailed testimony about DNA analysis have brought the 20-year-old case against death row inmate Hank Skinner closer to resolution.
Forensics has long been considered an applied rather than a scholarly field — and without an adequate research base, many forensic testing methods lack proper scientific validation. Fortunately, following the release of a 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report that brought these issues to light, there has been an interest in increasing federal funding for forensic science research.
As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for several hours at a time.