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NIJ and FBI Announce Sexual Assault Kit Partnership

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory have formed a partnership to help address one of the most difficult and complex issues facing our nation’s criminal justice system: unsubmitted sexual assault kits (frequently referred to as untested). The FBI will be a centralized testing laboratory for sexual assault kits, commonly referred to as rape kits, to be submitted from the nation’s law enforcement agencies and public forensic laboratories.

 

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Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent

A new solicitation from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with post conviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses in which actual innocence may be demonstrated.

 

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NIST Simulates Fast, Accurate DNA Sequencing Through Graphene Nanopore

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid, accurate gene sequencing by pulling a DNA molecule through a tiny, chemically activated hole in graphene—an ultrathin sheet of carbon atoms—and detecting changes in electrical current.

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Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently announced that it is seeking proposals for funding to conduct research and technology development leading to the introduction into practice of new and innovative tools for the collection of digital evidence.

 

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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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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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