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National Institute of Justice Publishes Fingerprint Sourcebook

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today published The Fingerprint Sourcebook, a comprehensive examination of the science behind fingerprint identification that will serve as a definitive resource for experts in the field.

Written by more than 50 law enforcement and forensic experts worldwide, The Fingerprint Sourcebook consists of 15 chapters covering: the anatomy and physiology of friction ridge skin (the uniquely ridged skin found on the palms and soles); techniques for recording exemplars from both living and deceased subjects; the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identifications Systems (AFIS); latent print development, preservation and documentation; equipment and laboratory quality assurance; perceptual, cognitive and psychological factors in expert identifications; and legal issues.

Individual chapters of The Fingerprint Sourcebook were previously published online. This publication is the complete book and will be available in PDF form.

TITLE: The Fingerprint Sourcebook
AUTHOR: The International Association of Identification in partnership with NIJ


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