New Books

Mechanics of Impression Evidence
Written by David S. Pierce
Published 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

As forensic technology becomes more sophisticated, courts are demanding more scientific content and juries are expecting meticulous confirmation of facts alleged. Greater attention is now paid to increasingly finer details and improved methods of describing every form of evidence. Applying physics, chemistry, and engineering to the process of analysis and interpretation, Mechanics of Impression Evidence reflects the shift to these heightened standards and offers a starting point for significant change in the way that impression evidence is considered, utilized, and presented. Click here for more.


Forensic Science Advances and Their Application in the Judiciary System
Edited by Danielle Sapse and Lawrence Kobilinsky
Published 2012 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Over the past decade, many achievements have been made in forensic science and there have been great advances in the technology available to crime scene personnel and laboratory analysts. Many of the newer methods employed by criminalists are based on sound scientific research and have extraordinary sensitivity and specificity. Forensic Science Advances and Their Application in the Judiciary System describes such methods and provides insight into their impact on forensic science and criminal justice. Click here for more.


Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice
Edited by S. Black, G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, X. Mallett
Published 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Disaster management has become an increasingly global issue, and victim identification is receiving greater attention. By raising awareness through past events and experiences, practitioners and policymakers can learn what works and what doesn't work, and how to avoid future mistakes. Each chapter in the book addresses a specific disaster and covers a number of main points in relation to the incident. For each event, the book presents data such as the manpower available at the time of the disaster, the number of officers involved in the deployment, and their relevant experience at the time. Details of the disaster follow, as well as the recovery and identification methods employed, the number of fatalities and casualties, and lessons learned. The book also explores the short- and long-term effects that the disaster had on the response team and the community. Finally, each chapter examines important present-day developments in relation to the event. The book summarizes important aspects of the particular disaster in terms of legislative, moral, practical, or other contributions to the field of mass disaster planning, preparation, and deployment on a wider scale. Click here for more.


Shooting Incident Reconstruction (2nd Edition)
Written by Michael G. Haag and Lucien C. Haag
Published 2011 Elsevier Inc.

The Second Edition of Shooting Incident Reconstruction is fully updated and revised to include the latest information and advances in the field of firearms evidence analysis. This edition includes three new chapters covering gun sound levels, projectiles and glass, and working the shooting scene. The comprehensive analysis provided by Michael and Lucien Haag covers crimes ranging from accidental injuries to carefully planned murders. A team approach to investigating shooting crimes is discussed, along with improved photos of trace evidence found at scenes and the activity of gunshot wounds in the human body. Click here for more.

 
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