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NCJ Number: 136914 Find in a Library
Title: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Fourth Edition
Author(s): R Saferstein
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 550
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-193525-9
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Forensic science techniques and principles are presented for the nonscientist using forensic case histories to demonstrated the practical aspects
Abstract: The common types of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes include hairs, fibers, and paints; drugs, poisons, and arson and explosives evidence; fingerprints; firearms; tool marks; and document and voice examination. Updated techniques are described for forensic analysis as well as procedures and practices relating to proper collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes. Over 200 illustrations demonstrate laboratory examination of criminal evidence. Particular attention is focused on the meaning and role of probabilistic in interpreting the evidential significance of scientifically related evidence. The latest information on DNA typing explains what DNA is and its role in body chemistry. It also describes the process of DNA fingerprinting and demonstrates its application to criminal investigation in actual cases. Also included are the latest advances in drug testing, computerized fingerprint search systems, and arson investigation. Numerous references, tables, and illustrations
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories; Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): DNA fingerprinting; Evidence collection; Scientific techniques
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