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Screening for Success

Ending and Preventing Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs

Editorial: Exploration

Growing up, I spent a good amount of my time out in the woods and pastures that surrounded our home. That landscape provided the ideal canvas for learning and creativity. I learned the rhythm of the seasons. I learned what plants were edible and which ones would tear at my skin and which ones had seeds that would hitch a ride home on my pants. I learned the different levels of funk that come from decomposing animals. I learned how beautiful and mysterious a clean, fresh bone could be.

Expert Q&A: Diane L. France

An interview with Diane L. France author of Comparative Bone Identification: Human Subadult to Nonhuman

Forensic Face Comparison Training: An Essential for Examiners

The audience is presented with a series of cropped photos. All the subjects are dressed in military camouflage, and the faces are obscured. Can the audience match the pairs? A 100-percent score is rare, because recognizing the matches depends on identifying points of similarity that most people aren’t trained to spot.

NIST Corner: Recent Activities of the National Commission on Forensic Science

In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a partnership that included formation of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and what is now the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). As a Federal Advisory Committee for DOJ, NCFS involves public meetings, public input on draft documents, and an open website sharing meeting materials and final documents. Video recordings of past meetings are available as well. Co-chaired by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and NIST Director Willie May, the Commission meets four times a year and involves energetic discussions on a variety of issues.

Identification of Victims Utilizing Forensic Odontology & Digital Imaging Technology

An interview with Dr. Adam J. Freeman

Photographing Bloodstains with Bluestar in an Outdoor Homicide Scene

In late summer of 2012, police officers in a small, Midwestern town were called to the scene of a homicide. The caller indicated they had been exploring the creek in a wooded area on the north end of town and located a deceased male weighted down by rocks in the creek.

Practically Speaking

There’s a theory behind everything: the system of ideas or principles that dictate why and how we do what we do. Around those theories we build a framework of method and procedure. But over that framework, to complete the structure of a standard operating procedure, we must also include practicality—the way we actually get the job done, efficiently, here in the real world.


Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.