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Forensic Magazine, February-March 2014

NCJ Number
Forensic Magazine Volume: 11 Issue: 1 Dated: February-March 2014 Pages: 1-36
Rebecca Waters
Date Published
March 2013
36 pages
Feature articles in this edition pertain to arrestee DNA, digital facial composites, case study of Denver crime laboratory plans, tools for crime scene investigation, Walmart's E-Discovery and Forensic Services lab, Hazard Communication standard, solid state computer drives, a national strategy to reduce rape kit testing backlogs, and the United Kingdom's development of professional practice and accreditation in forensic anthropology.
"Arrestee DNA Found Constitutional in Landmark Case" reports on Maryland v. King in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that "DNA identification of arrestees is a reasonable search that can be considered part of a routine booking procedure..." the Court viewed it as similar to taking fingerprints and photos at booking. "Making the Move from Pencils to Pixels" argues for the increased use of non-artist software technicians in creating facial composites of criminal suspects. "Case Study: Denver Crime Laboratory Plans for Future Expansion in New Lab" describes plans for the redevelopment of the Denver Police Department's Crime Laboratory Bureau (Colorado). "The Development of Professional Practice and Accreditation in Forensic Anthropology in the United Kingdom?" reports on the development of a series of documents in 2013 that detailed a new professional practitioner framework for three levels of practice in forensic anthropology and a framework for professional development. "It's About Time" reports on the Rape Kit Action Project, whose mission is to advocate for progressive State policies that require timely submission and analysis of untested sexual assault evidence kits, and to encourage programs that ensure accountability for sexual assault evidence kit submission. "Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads With E-Discovery: Part 2" updates an assessment of the features of Walmart's E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory.