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The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

15 February 2021

Oregon, United States

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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 ...

The New York Times

Troy Closson

27 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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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 ...

Rest of World

Madeleine Wattenbarger

19 January 2021

Mexico City, Mexico

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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...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

30 December 2020

Alaska, United States

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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...

The Denver Post

Elise Schmelzer

13 November 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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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...

The Intercept

Jordan Smith

12 August 2020

United States

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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...

BBC

Richard Kenny

23 June 2020

Cambodia

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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...

The Globe and Mail

Marsha McLeod

27 May 2020

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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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

Klaus Sieg

28 February 2020

Hamburg, Germany

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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...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

5 December 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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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...

The Marshall Project

Mia Armstrong

16 July 2019

Idaho, United States

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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 ...

University of Oregon

Ariana Sinclair

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Hannah Kanik

Winter 2019

Salem, Oregon, United States

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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...

BBC

Chris Baraniuk

4 March 2019

United Kingdom

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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...

Quartz

Olivia Goldhill

28 October 2018

Spain

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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...

The Washington Post

Karin Brulliard

30 August 2018

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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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...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

10 August 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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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 ...

The New York Times

Gina Kolata

8 January 2018

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

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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...

New Scientist

Timothy Revell

21 November 2016

Netherlands

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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

Heather Millar

8 November 2016

Mombasa, Kenya

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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

Beth Schwartzapfel

6 October 2016

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States

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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...

The Washington Post

Todd Frankel

23 April 2016

Canton, Ohio, United States

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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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