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Police Hire Civilian Fingerprint Analysts
WHDH-TV, MA - Nov 12, 2005
...Boston police have hired two civilian fingerprint analysts as part
of an overhaul of their fingerprint unit...
Ex-nurse Guilty in 2 Dismemberment Murders
GLOBE, MA - Nov 11, 2005
...fingerprints were found on the bags containing the victim's
Case Flawed, Court Told
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, IL -
Nov 10, 2005 ...expert: "there is ample
science supporting fingerprint identification, but none exists
regarding lip prints."
DNA Matches Win Few Convictions in Va.
USA TODAY - Nov 7, 2005 ...Virginia's crime lab has found
there were convictions in less than one-quarter of 3,000+ cases...
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UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
No major updates on the website this week
We looked at a study relating the results
of contextual information on examination conclusions.
We review the recent results of the U.S. House and
Senate appropriates for forensic science, specifically concentrating on latent
print examination as related by Joe Polski in the IAI Update:
Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO)
As you know, the IAI is one of six organizations that
comprise the CFSO. The IAI, the AAFS, ASCLD, ASCLD-LAB, NAME and FQS are
each contributors of funding, ideas and energy to accomplish the goals we
have established for the Consortium, namely to influence in a positive way,
funding and policy for the forensic sciences at all levels of government but
particularly at the national level.
Yesterday I received a call from Beth Lavach, the
Washington, DC consultant to the CFSO. She said that the House and Senate
had reached agreement on the Commerce, Justice, State/Science appropriations
bill and that the forensics language and funding in the Senate bill (which
we favored) was approved by the conference committee. In summary form, that
means the following:
- For the past few years, almost all federal funding
assistance to forensic science has been directed toward DNA.
Approximately $3.4 million dollars over the past two years have gone to
DNA. Our position has been that DNA is wonderful but don’t forget
everything else. The language just approved appropriates $89 million
dollars from the Justice for All Act (another name for the President’s DNA
Initiative) to forensic science and does not restrict those funds
to only DNA. That funding will be distributed through NIJ (in a process
yet to be determined) to state and local crime labs and forensic service
providers and can be used for whatever is deemed to be the greatest need
for those agencies. This is great news for those who have needs in areas
other than DNA.
- Coverdell Grant Funding is set at $18 million
dollars, $3 million more than last year. That is in addition to the
funding noted above.
- The Consortium has been advocating a study by the
National Academies (formerly called the National Academy of Sciences) to
undertake a wide ranging review of forensic science. That will now
become a reality. This legislation provides $1.5 million to the National
Academies to conduct that study. Anne Marie Mazza, a Program Manager for
the National Academies will be the person to coordinate the study for the
Academies. You may remember Anne Marie from her presentation to the IAI’s
Board of Directors in St. Louis and also as an attendee at the Fingerprint
Forum held in Chicago a couple of years ago.
Below are highlights of the recently agreed upon
$89,500,000 to assist in forensics and DNA. Within the amounts
provided, OJP may
apply up to 5 percent of the total funds to support the continuation of the
development of standards and Standard Reference Materials at the NIST OLES,
to maintain quality and proficiency within federal, state and local crime
Based on the study's findings, the
budget should allocate funds to all disciplines as opposed to just one. The
results of these studies are indicative of a larger problem within the
forensic science and legal community: the absence of data. While a great
deal of analysis exists of the requirements in the discipline of DNA, there
exists little to no analysis of the remaining needs of the community outside
of the area of DNA. Therefore, within the funds provided for the DNA and
Forensics Initiative the Committee directs the Attorney General to provide
$1,500,000 to the National Academy of Sciences to create an independent
Forensic Science Committee. This Committee shall include members of the
forensics community representing operational crime laboratories, medical
examiners, and coroners; legal experts; and other scientists as determined
appropriate. The National Academy of Sciences Committee shall:
(1) assess the present and future resource needs of the forensic science
community, to include State and local crime labs, medical examiners, and
(2) make recommendations for maximizing the use of forensic technologies and
techniques to solve crimes, investigate deaths, and protect the public;
(3) identify potential scientific advances that may assist law enforcement
in using forensic technologies and techniques to protect the public;
(4) make recommendations for programs that will increase the number of
qualified forensic scientists and medical examiners available to work in
public crime laboratories;
(5) disseminate best practices and guidelines concerning the collection and
analysis of forensic evidence to help ensure quality and consistency in the
use of forensic technologies and techniques to solve crimes, investigate
deaths, and protect the public;
(6) examine the role of the forensic community in the homeland security
(7) interoperability of Automated Fingerprint Information Systems; and
(8) examine additional issues pertaining to forensic science as determined
by the Committee. The National Academy shall issue its report to the
Committees on Appropriations no later than June 1, 2006.
This morning I spoke with
Anne Marie Mazza at the National Academies and she requested that the IAI
submit a list of names of individuals who could assist the NAS Committee in
its work. President Joe Maberry will be considering that request and we
certainly want to participate in this committee.
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