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  • Kentucky is the Worst State for Forensic Lab Technicians

    Kentucky is the Worst State for Forensic Lab Technicians

    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Last year, the mean annual salary for a forensic science technician was $62,490, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the state of Kentucky, however, it is much, much lower. The starting salary for lab technicians in the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Forensic Laboratory is $32,000, leaving the department with a 35 percent turnover rate over a 5-year period. Read More News

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  • Bill Would Abolish NYC DNA Database

    Bill Would Abolish NYC DNA Database

    Monday, November 25, 2019
    A handful of Democratic New York State Senators have introduced a bill to end New York City’s DNA database, calling it “rogue” and “unlawful”. Sponsored by Brad Hoylman (D, WF), the bill seeks to end the city’s DNA database, as well as prohibit any other municipality from maintaining such a database. The major sticking point between the state ... Read More News
  • Neighborhood Matters for Fentanyl-involved Overdose Deaths

    Neighborhood Matters for Fentanyl-involved Overdose Deaths

    Friday, November 22, 2019
    Fentanyl overdoses cluster geographically more than non-fentanyl overdoses, according to a study just released by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings suggest that fentanyl-involved overdoses are concentrated in resource deprived neighborhoods over and above what data show for opioid and polydrug overdoses. Read More News
  • Barnacles are a Clock for the Dead

    Barnacles are a Clock for the Dead

    Friday, November 22, 2019
    Barnacles are encrusting arthropods that attach to all kinds of surfaces, including rocks, boats, and even human remains. In 2002, police discovered a highly decomposed human body in the water on the southwest coast of Italy. The forensic pathologist on the case didn’t have a lot to go on to determine how long the body had been in the water. The ... Read More News
  • Cannabis and the Science of ‘Breathalomics’

    Cannabis and the Science of ‘Breathalomics’

    Friday, November 22, 2019
    It’s pretty easy to single out a driver that is driving under the influence of alcohol. Swerving between lanes, running red lights and inconsistent speed are signs easily identifiable to passersby and police alike. Additionally, police can conduct a test using a breathalyzer to estimate the amount of blood alcohol content in said driver—providing ... Read More News
  • Gunshot Survivors Report Long-term Physical, Mental Consequences

    Gunshot Survivors Report Long-term Physical, Mental Consequences

    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    First responders, doctors, and hospital staff do everything they can to save the lives of gunshot wound (GSW) victims. At times, they succeed, resulting in about 70,000 survivors of firearm injuries annually in the United States. But once survivors walk out the hospital doors and away from attentive eyes, it’s a different story. A new study from ... Read More News
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