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Archive for December, 2008

2 New Crime Labs in Missouri & South Carolina

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Good news was reported earlier this month for law enforcement agencies in Missouri and South Carolina when officials announced that funding had been approved to build a crime lab in each state.

The first forensics lab will be located in Tulsa Missouri and will be a joint venture between the city of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and should be completed by March 2010. The five-story, 1 million square foot facility, will house both law enforcement officials and students from the University’s medical college. Police will use the new building for storing property and forensic evidence as well as establishing a much larger and more state of the art forensics laboratory. The medical college will occupy the remaining space with forensic science classrooms, research labs, and faculty offices. In addition, OSU will also use the building for biomedical science research. Officials hope that the new facilities will help ease case backlog for law enforcement while providing a unique partnership that benefits students who want a career in the field of scientific research. (more…)

2008 Exonerations!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

As 2008 comes to an end, we look back at a few of the 24 exoneration cases that occurred throughout the year as a result of forensic DNA testing. For the first time in many years, these exonerees will be spending the holidays at home. Fourteen of these have been officially exonerated, while at least 10 more wait for their exonerations to become official. (more…)

New Federal Policy: Collecting DNA from Arrestees and Detainees

Monday, December 29th, 2008

According to The Washington Times, on Jan. 9, 2009 the federal government will begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested on federal charges or immigrants detained by the Homeland Security Dept. Currently, federal policy requires that DNA samples get collected only if the arrestees are convicted of the crimes. The new policy would add an estimated 1.2 million samples to the 6.2 million DNA samples currently maintained in the FBI convicted defender database. Thirteen states already have laws that require DNA samples from all arrestees, and under this change, an estimated 140,000 additional felony arrests will occur under these new guidelines. However, the bulk of the samples are expected from the illegal immigrants detained by the Homeland Security Dept. Records show that Border Patrol and other agencies detained approximately 1.2 million immigrants in 2006. (more…)

New Sperm Micro Manipulation Procedure

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Recently The McCrone Group, whose specialty is material analysis, announced that it had developed a more efficient technique to pinpoint human sperm from evidence samples collected from sexual assault victims. This new procedure, identified as Sperm Micro Manipulation and Isolation, was developed by Research Microscopist Kirsten Kelley-Primozic. Kelley-Primozic developed this new technique by using methods developed in the medical and electric utilities industries and protocol standards that were pioneered by The McCrone Group in 1962. (more…)

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