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15 February 2021
Oregon, United States
Oregon law enforcement agencies partnered with a Virginia laboratory, Parabon NanoLabs, to use genetic genealogy to learn the identities of people whose remains were found long ago but never identified. To give peace ...
27 January 2021
New York, New York, United States
On her first day as district attorney of Queens, Melinda Katz created a unit to review potential wrongful convictions that in its first year has exonerated four men and has 80 more cases under review. The Queens DA's ...
19 January 2021
Mexico City, Mexico
Over 3000 Words
Mexico City's 11-year-old video surveillance system, one of the most advanced in the world, was a massive investment in public safety: about $660 million to date to cover the city with more than 30,000 cameras and oth...
30 December 2020
Alaska, United States
Despite hopes that testing a backlog of rape kits would reveal many new serial-rape suspects, Alaska's three-year push to test 568 kits under the federally funded Sexual Assault Kit Initiative led to only one new pros...
13 November 2020
Denver, Colorado, United States
By creating a centralized team of detectives to focus on non-fatal shootings, Denver police improved their rate of solving such crimes from 39% in 2019 to 65% in the program's first seven months. The team of six detec...
12 August 2020
Over 3000 Words
When "junk science" forms the basis of the training curricula used by for-profit companies in the business of teaching police interrogation techniques, it can produce mistakes leading to false confessions and wrongful...
23 June 2020
Over 15 Minutes
Three examples of new science behind successful efforts to prevent or punish the poaching of protected wildlife starts with PAWS: Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security, an artificial intelligence tool that helped...
27 May 2020
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
As Canada sees an increase in gun violence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are increasing their capacity to do ballistic imaging – an analysis that is able to potentially connect multiple crimes. Across the ...
Reasons to be Cheerful
28 February 2020
The Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber in Germany is using innovative methods to help determine timber products’ origins in order to stop illegal wood trading. Scientists can identify wood’s anatomical featu...
5 December 2019
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Over 3000 Words
The way in which Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department handles rape cases has come into question. The department’s low level of cases being brought to trial is because of the extra step police officers take: c...
16 July 2019
Idaho, United States
The use of genetic genealogy technology has given law enforcement the opportunity to compare DNA that people have tested personally through companies like 23andMe to DNA collected at crime scenes. Recently being used ...
Salem, Oregon, United States
As of 2018, Oregon’s backlog of Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) kits had been cleared thanks to the passage of a state bill, commonly referred to as Melissa’s Law. Besides clearing the accumulated kits, the legisl...
4 March 2019
Countries around the world have been testing the use of artificial intelligence, or AI, as assistive technology to solving crimes. From creating algorithms that can identify victims of sex trafficking online to develo...
28 October 2018
Under 800 Words
A tool is helping police across Spain identify false robbery reports. VeriPol uses textual analysis and machine learning to find suspicious reports. During the pilot project, the tool helped detect 64 false reports in...
30 August 2018
Ashland, Oregon, United States
In Ashland, Oregon exists the one of a kind U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory. Handling both federal and international trade crimes, the lab uses a combination of forensic tactics to identify species...
Joseph Darius Jaafari
10 August 2018
Tucson, Arizona, United States
A human rights center is working with government agencies to identify the remains of people who died crossing the U.S. border. The partnership is helping the families of the dead find out what happened to their loved ...
8 January 2018
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
To solve rhinoceros poaching crimes and catch ivory traffickers, researchers in South Africa are finding ways to use genetic fingerprinting and other DNA evidence. These methods that have been the industry standard i...
21 November 2016
Under 800 Words
Police officers often need to investigate a crime scene quickly, sometimes before other investigators can arrive. In the Netherlands, researchers and police are teaming up to develop an augmented reality system that a...
Yale Environment 360
8 November 2016
In recent years, advances in technologies such as genetics testing, forensic sciences, and online database management have allowed governments and organizations to tackle poaching and the illegal trade of wildlife at ...
The Marshall Project
6 October 2016
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States
Gun crimes with no leads can torment police investigators and agitate communities. NIBIN is a database that tracks the unique marks that guns leave on shell casings, showing whether that same gun was used in another c...
23 April 2016
Canton, Ohio, United States
Homicide rates fail to account for all the times when a gun is fired in anger, fear or by accident and the bullet simply misses its mark. The more telling number about gun violence might be “shots fired.” And now, tha...
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