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Title: Forensic Science Digest for Criminal Justice Planning
Author(s): F Biagi; J O Sullivan; L L Vagnina
Corporate Author: Mitre Corporation
Washington Operations
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 206
Sponsoring Agency: Mitre Corporation
Mclean, VA 22101
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: F19628-73-C-0001
Publication Number: MTR-6660
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Prepared for State planning agencies, this document provides information on crime laboratory management, personnel, equipment, and resources as well as data on prior LEAA funding, research, and organizations in the forensic science field.
Abstract: A survey of State planners and LEAA regional offices indicated a need for guidelines and background information to assist them in funding requests for forensic science laboratories. Factors commonly used by planners to locate crime laboratories are outlined, such as population, the effect of distance on laboratory use, and police department size. The following elements are identified as important in funding decisions: crime specific patterns, improvement of services to criminal justice agencies, improvement in law enforcement agencies' detection and apprehension capabilities, and crime reduction. The guide also recommends planners study standards developed by the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice and prior LEAA research grants. Instrumental techniques and applications used in full-service crime laboratories are reviewed, along with cost estimates and the type of laboratory which might employ them. Also discussed are new techniques in blood stain examination and major research needs in criminalistics. The section on organizations active in forensic research covers the Forensic Sciences Foundation, the FBI Laboratory, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Consultants and training sources are also described. An appendix provides a list of forensic science projects conducted by State agencies contacted in 1973, national standards on crime laboratories, a list of NILE funded grants for 1970-72, a selected bibliography of 19 references, and a glossary.
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; LEAA required state plans; State planning agencies
Note: MITRE Technical Report
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