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Emerging Technology in Criminal Justice

Biometric Identification

Biometric identification technologies use a particular biological aspect of the human body to recognize or confirm that person’s identity. These technologies can be applied in the criminal justice system to enhance access control and identity verification in correctional facilities, and as an investigative tool for identifying missing and exploited children as well as criminals captured by surveillance systems. Technologies in the research stage, under development, and in use in the field include facial recognition technologies and biometrically enhanced smart cards.  Security, Safety Concept, Eyes, Iris Scan, Iris

Required Reading

FBI Collecting Fingerprints, Photos, and Other Data on Millions. (2015). New American (08856540), 31(20), 7.

Riley, C. M. (2015). Forensic Spotlight. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 1-2.

Richards, M. L. (2013). IAFIS Identifies Suspect from 1978 Murder Case. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 82(4), 1-2.

Pocs, M. (2013). Legally compatible design of future biometric systems for crime prevention. Innovation: The European Journal Of Social Sciences, 26(1/2), 36-56. doi:10.1080/13511610.2013.747659

United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice. (2011, September 15). Biometrics. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from

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