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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA; IntegenX RapidHIT® system enables DNA identification while a suspect is still in custody

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Overview of Forensic Mental Health Practitioners

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of forensic mental health services for the criminal justice practitioner who may not be fully familiar with the roles and responsibilities of mental health practitioners within the criminal justice system as well as the resources they provide. Given the influential role of mental health in the rehabilitation process, specifically as it pertains to the process of reentry for incarcerated individuals, mental health practitioners can serve as a valuable resource to those within criminal justice populations as well as other professionals within relatable fields.

 

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Free Training: DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) has released a new module in its free OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) entitled Laboratory Analysis of Biological Evidence and the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations.

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Feedback Requested: Help Strengthen Forensic Science

The 8th meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was held December 7-8, 2015. The free and open Federal Advisory Committee meeting was held to present work products, and was streamed live online. Now, the NCFS is asking forensic science stakeholders across the nation to provide feedback on those work products.

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Video: How Reliable Are Latent Fingerprint Examiners?

In a new video, Miami-Dade latent print examiner Brian Cerchiai talks about an NIJ-supported study conducted by the Miami-Dade (Florida) Police Department on the accuracy of fingerprint examiners.

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NIST's OSAC Seeks Standards Developing Organizations

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Organization for Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) would like to engage with standards developing organizations (SDOs) that are currently or are willing to support the development of standards for the forensic science industry.

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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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