Study Looks at Impacts of State DNA Database Laws

Research has shown that DNA databases are effective tools for reducing crime at a state level — but how do the DNA database policies in one state affect crime rates in other states? A study by Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia, funded by the National Institute of Justice, sought to examine those effects.

Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit Announced

On August 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help combat the devastating opioid crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.

Webinar: "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility

The organization End Violence Against Women International recently announced a webinar on Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT titled "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility - Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions. The program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

Opioids and Animal Welfare

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar titled "Opioid Substances: A Threat to Animal Welfare and Safety," August 29, 2017 at 1 pm EDT.

Heroin and Meth Arrests Increase in Maine

Abuse of recreational and prescription medications continues to be a substantial public health problem in Maine. According to a new study published in the May issue of Pharmacotherapy (PubMed ID: 28543168) conducted by the Husson University School of Pharmacy, the University of New England College of Pharmacy, and Bowdoin College, this drug epidemic may be evolving away from prescription opioids and moving toward heroin and stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine.

SWGDE Releases Drafts for Public Comment in July 2017

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) released a number draft guidelines for public review and comment in July. Topics included Best Practices for Image Content Authentication, and Best Practices for Archiving Digital Multimedia Evidence.

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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.