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Emerging Technology in Criminal Justice

Forensic TEchnology Research and Development

Forensic science areas such as DNA, trace evidence, ballistics, toxicology, impression evidence (including fingerprints), and questioned documents must have demonstrated scientific foundations to yield strong evidence in court. Recent challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint and questioned document analyses underscore this need. Advances already made in the field of DNA testing are an example of the type of research, development, and validation needed in all forensic areas that can provide solutions allowing forensic practitioners with limited resources to work more economically while improving the quality of their analyses. Although the science of DNA has been able to overcome past court challenges with some success, advanced technology development in this area can further enhance the discriminatory power and speed of analysis while reducing cost. Blood, Crime, Horror, Death, Stain, Murder, Splash

Required Reading

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice. (2016, April 14). Digital evidence and forensics. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from

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