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The Growing Drug Trade in the Oil Patch

April 15, 2014 | by Sharon Cohen, Associated Press | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns. Oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza suddenly flourishing here has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and newfound violence.

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Questions Grow about Prisoner's Conviction

April 15, 2014 12:06 pm | by Frances Robles, The New York Times | Comments

With questions about his conviction growing and with 28 of his 53 years spent behind bars, Robert Hill is now among a growing number of convicts who hope the New York State Board of Parole will review their cases with a measure of skepticism and show mercy.


Mobile Fingerprint Capture

April 14, 2014 4:34 pm | Comments

Contactless fingerprinting technology has benefits and capabilities for law enforcement, financial transactions and network security. This report discusses the grantee’s design and fabrication of two new contactless fingerprinting systems.


UMass Lowell 3D Contactless Fingerprint Scanner: Technology Evaluation

April 14, 2014 12:30 pm | by Phillip Wiggin and Lars Ericson, NIJ | Comments

SSBT CoE has tested and evaluated a contactless fingerprint scanning device developed for NIJ by the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML).                               


Skeletal Remains Headed for DNA Testing

April 14, 2014 12:17 pm | by Jaci Conrad Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer | Comments

Archivist Mike Runge obtained permission from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission recently to move forward with forensic DNA testing of an unmarked burial of skeletal human remains discovered in 2012.           


Shake-up Inside Forensic Credentialing Organization

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by Leah Bartos, Special to ProPublica | Comments

The upheaval at American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) comes in the wake of a series of reports that have raised questions about the credibility of the organization's certification programs.            

Drug Tampering at Florida Lab Prompts Changes

April 14, 2014 11:19 am | by Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press | Comments

Florida prosecutors will drop some drug cases and more closely scrutinize drug evidence after a former state crime lab analyst was accused of stealing narcotics from evidence bags, replacing them with over-the-counter medicine.       


Criminology Buffs Club Exposes Students to Real World Criminal Investigation

April 11, 2014 11:43 am | by Sarah Kuta, Baily Camera | Comments

Criminology Buffs at the University of Colorado started in the fall of 2012 to give students a chance to learn more about the world of criminal justice, juvenile criminal justice, the prison system and career paths in law enforcement. 


The Brain Pays Attention

April 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you’re seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding a match. A new reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects.


Forensic Magazine Needs YOU

April 11, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

It's time to plan our next Evidence Conference Webinar and we'd like your feedback! What human identification topics would you like to see addressed in a Webinar? What challenges do you face in forensic human identification? Answer our poll on LinkedIn or give some feedback.

Evaluation of Contact versus Contactless Fingerprint Data

April 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Azimuth Inc. | Comments

This document describes an evaluation of contact versus contactless fingerprint data. It investigates the comparative match performance of legacy/livescan fingerprint data and contactless fingerprint data, thereby exploring interoperability, technology viability and challenges to deploying next-generation 3-D contactless fingerprint systems.


Crime Lab Robot to Help Clear Violent Cases

April 11, 2014 8:44 am | by Todd Unger, WFAA | QIAGEN | Comments

A $92,000 "robot" will soon be part of the team at the Fort Worth police crime lab. The purchase should help the department expedite processing of DNA samples for the most violent of crimes, like sexual assaults and homicides.       


NC Crime Lab Director Says Funding Needed to Clear Backlog

April 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by WRAL | Comments

The director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, which examines evidence in criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies across the state, says he hopes lawmakers will increase funding for the lab this year to help clear the backlog of cases in need of DNA testing.


Who are Hit Men?

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by Malcolm MacKay, The New York Times | Comments

Everyone starts as a novice, whatever your job. You bumble around, make mistakes, learn by doing. It applies in any walk of life, and the criminal industry isn’t any different. A team from Birmingham City University’s Center for Applied Criminology has carried out the first typological study of British hit men, and it starts, of course, with the novice.


Making Fingerprints Better at Catching Criminals

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Arielle Duhaime-Ross, The Verge | Comments

Before DNA evidence took center stage, fingerprint evidence was prized above all other forms — as far as the public was concerned, prints were the cornerstone of forensic science. In many respects, they still are.           


Brooklyn Tops Nation for Wrongful Convictions

April 10, 2014 11:38 am | by Charisma Miller, Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Comments

The recent Fleming case is emblematic of a larger problem within New York’s criminal justice system, and in particular the criminal procedure in Brooklyn.                           



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