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Forensic labs today face obstacles beyond the routine processing and analysis of casework. Increasing caseloads, backlogs and tightening budgets are just a few of these challenges.

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Deaths in Custody Focus of Webinar

November 16, 2020 — The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a webinar on December 2 focusing on "deaths in custody". The presentation will cover the definition of the phrase, provide case studies, and best practices on examinations of deaths in custody.

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Webinar to Include Results of Study on Juror Perceptions of Forensics

November 16, 2020 — On Thursday, December 8, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science (CSAFE) will present its December Center Wide Webinar, which will include the presentation "Mock Juror Perceptions in Forensics".

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Study Focuses on Probability in Evidence Reporting

October 29, 2020 — A study funded by the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science (CSAFE) and published in the journal Science and Justice shows that most forensic pattern-matching evidence reports did not account for the probability for error.

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OSAC Structure, Organization Updated

October 1, 2020 — The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has updated its structure and improved several processes. These changes will enable OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to more quickly make high-quality, science-based standards available to forensic laboratories.

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Article Series Examines Forensic Footwear Reliability

October 20, 2020 — A three-part article series published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences takes a close look at a study that evaluated the extent of agreement between forensic footwear examiners in the United States. The series is authored by Jacqueline A. Speir, Nicole Richetelli, and Lesley Hammer.

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Digital-Image Management at Mass Gravesites

SKELETONIZED REMAINS that were carefully unearthed from the desert sands of Iraq tell their own story: the bones of an adult, still dressed in a woman’s apparel, lie supine. The skull is perforated by a bullet hole. Tucked in the space between the ribs and the left humerus is a much smaller skeleton, bones in the skull un-fused, and the fully clothed body partially swaddled in a blanket.

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