Forensic Evidence Management
From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom
"Evidence management has become a crucial component for the law enforcement community. I truly believe this book is essential in assisting criminal investigators and a valuable resource for managing evidence."—Jeremiah Sullivan, Chairman, Board of Directors, Texas Division of the International Association for Identification; Senior Crime Scene Specialist (Retired). Austin Police Department
As technology and technical applications continue to advance in the forensic sciences, the undertakings at crime scenes have become even more critical. Crime scene investigators must ensure that evidence is properly collected, document, packaged, and stored in a manner that maximizes the ability of laboratories to derive meaning and results from the evidence provided them.
Forensic Evidence Management: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom provides best practices policies for forensic science entities and their employees to maintain chain of custody and evidence integrity throughout the course of evidence collection, storage, preservation, and processing.
The focus of the book will be to address the issues related with evidence handling and analysis inside the forensic laboratory, in particular, and to offer best practices and guidelines from leading forensic experts in the field. Forms of evidence covered include biological, chemical, trace, firearm, toolmark, fingerprint, and a host of others types recovered at crime scenes. The book concludes with a chapter on ethics, bias, and ethical practices in evidence handling in the field and laboratory analysis.
Test Bank and PowerPointTM slides are available for download from the Taylor & Francis ancillary Web site for qualifying course adopters.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Crime Scene Dynamics [Michael Kessler and Casie Parish Fisher] 2. Evidence Tracking and Secure Storage [Cassie Velasquez] 3. Evidence Management of Fingerprints [Jack Flanders] 4. Biological Evidence: Collection, Transportation and Preservation [Nathalie Zahra] 5. Sexual Assault Evidence: Collection Techniques [Laurie Charles] 6. Evidence Management Best Practices in Medicolegal Death Investigation [Dr. Jason Wiersema, Michal Pierce, Allison Woody, and Michelle Sanford] 7. General Principles and Techniques of Trace Evidence Collection [Patrick Buzzini and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu] 8. Firearms Evidence: Documentation, Collection and Preservation [Jay M. Stuart] 9. Introduction to Drug Evidence Handling Procedures [Jasmine Drake] 10. Evidence Collection and Management for Forensic Toxicology Analysis [Ashraf Mozayani] 11. Questioned Documents [Claire Williamson] 12. Forensic Digital Evidence [Zeno Geradts] 13. Evidence Collection for Arson Cases [Kenneth Wilson] 14. Forensic Art and Imaging: Best Practices for Evidence Handling [Catyana Falsetti, Anthony Falsetti, and Sandra Enslow] 15. Ethical Issues, Bias and Other Challenges to Forensic Evidence Management [Carol Henderson, Ryan Swafford, and Adam Itzkowitz]
Dr. Ashraf Mozayani has been an internationally recognized forensic scientist for more than twenty years. She is the Executive Director of Forensic Sciences and a professor at Texas Southern University. She is also Senior Forensic Science Advisor and Instructor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), under the aegis of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Casie Parish Fisher has previously worked as a crime scene technician with the Austin Police Department and as a DNA analyst at the Texas Department of Public Safety CODIS Laboratory. For the past 7 years, she has been the Director of the Forensic Science Program at St. Edward’s University where she oversees two degree programs.