Uniting forensics, law, and social science in meaningful and relevant ways, Forensic Science and the Administration of Justice is structured around current research on how forensic evidence is being used and how it is impacting the justice system. This unique book—written by nationally known scholars in the field—includes five sections that explore the demand for forensic services, the quality of forensic services, the utility of forensic services, post-conviction forensic issues, and the future role of forensic science in the administration of justice. The authors offer policy-relevant directions for both the criminal justice and forensic fields and demonstrate how the role of the crime laboratory in the American justice system is evolving in concert with technological advances as well as changing demands and competing pressures for laboratory resources.

The Problems and Challenges of Evidence Retention

The problems and challenges of evidence retention
John M.Collins Jr.

Introduction

Moviegoers may recall the 1981 blockbuster film Raiders of the Lost Ark, which chronicled the adventures of famed archeologist Indiana Jones, who set out to find the biblical ark carrying the stone tablets on which God is said to have etched the Ten Commandments. As Jones' search drew him closer and closer to the ark, colleagues warned him that the ark was “not meant to be disturbed” and that its “unspeakable power” was something not only to respect, but also to fear. In other words, the ark itself was not the true find, but rather what it represented. In one of the most famous scenes in movie history, the ark, ...

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