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Experts Named to National Commission on Forensic Science

More than three-dozen experts have been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Forensic Science, a newly created board that will work to strengthen practices in the field, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The appointees were chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates and include top names in the fields of research, law enforcement, academia and law. Deputy Attorney General James M. ...

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Police Chiefs Call for Criminal Justice Improvements

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has teamed with the federal Justice Department and the Innocence Project to endorse a slate of measures designed to reduce the number of wrongful convictions. The 30 recommendations include the use of new guidelines for photo lineups, more cautious use of eyewitness identifications and stricter oversight of police interviews, according to a December 2013 new ...

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DOJ Grant Funds National Campus Safety Center

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant for the creation of a national campus security center to be based at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The National Center for Campus Public Safety will help institutions of higher learning establish safe campuses through best practices, training and research. It will offer resources to college and university safety officials, including ...

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Recognizing and Protecting Yourself from Racial Profiling

Racial profiling has been a hot topic in the media lately, particularly as it pertains to the national debate around illegal immigration. In March 2013, at least nine federal lawsuits were filed against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alleging the agency’s border patrol officers detained U.S. citizens for questioning on the basis of their race alone. The plaintiffs also claimed mistreatment of citizens ...

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