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NCJ Number: 237818 Find in a Library
Title: Is There a Need for 100 Percent Verification (Review) of Latent Print Examination Conclusions?
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:62  Issue:1  Dated:January/February 2012  Pages:80-100
Author(s): John P. Black
Date Published: February 2012
Page Count: 21
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the need for conducting 100 percent verification of all latent print examination conclusions.
Abstract: This research attempts to provide insight on the extent of verification as currently practiced within the latent fingerprint community. Ten questions were posed to this community regarding various aspects of verification: 56 agencies responded. The study results indicate that nearly every agency is performing verifications on 100 percent of reported fingerprint identifications. The study results also indicate that exclusion, inconclusive, and “no value” decisions are not being verified to the same extent. Interestingly, erroneous identifications constitute the minority of technical fingerprint errors, whereas erroneous exclusions, missed identifications, and inappropriate “inconclusive” and “no value” decisions are far more numerous. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Evidence collection; Evidence identification; Evidence preservation; Fingerprint classification; Fingerprint detection techniques; Fingerprint image quality; Fingerprinting regulations; Latent fingerprints
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