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NIJ Examines Use of 3D Imaging in Crime-Solving

The National Institute of Justice recently announced a published online article that provides an overview of how 3D surface imaging technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification.

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Study Estimates the Prevalence of Wrongful Convictions

A study funded by a grant through the National Institute of Justice looked to "augment previous research estimating the rate of wrongful conviction using 715 Virginia homicide and sexual assault cases from 1973-1987."

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Wrap-Up: 2017 Rapid DNA Technology Forum

In August 2017, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted the Rapid DNA Technology Forum in Alexandria, Virginia. This forum provided more than 130 attendees from the forensic DNA community an opportunity to be updated on commercially available rapid DNA technologies, hear lessons learned from several early adopters from local law enforcement and federal agencies, and discuss how to move forward as a community.

 

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Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

A December 6, 2017 press release from Duke University announced that researchers at Duke University have devised a way to see through walls using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of what the walls are made out of. Besides having obvious applications in the realm of security, the approach could lead to inexpensive devices to help construction workers easily locate conduits, pipes and wires.

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Webinar: 3D Microscopy for Firearms Identification

A live webinar in January 2018 — presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence — will focus on 3D microscopy for firearms identification.

 

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System Improves Analyst's Workday

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

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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