Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Global Edition

Series
Pearson
Author
Richard Saferstein  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
11
Language
English
Total pages
552
Pub.-date
June 2014
ISBN13
9781292062020
ISBN
1292062029
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For introductory courses in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation.

This best-selling text, written for the non-scientist, is appropriate for a wide variety of students, including criminal justice, law enforcement, law, and more!

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 11e, strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear and comprehensible to the non-scientist. The nature of physical evidence is defined, and the limitations that technology and current knowledge impose on its individualization and characterization are examined. By combining case stories with applicable technology, Criminalistics endeavors to capture the pulse and fervor of forensic science investigations. A major portion of the text centers on discussions of the common items of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes. These chapters include descriptions of forensic analysis, as well as updated techniques for the proper collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes. Particular attention is paid to the meaning and role of probability in interpreting the evidential significance of scientifically evaluated evidence.

Teaching and Learning

Written by a well-known authority in forensic science, this text introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science. It provides:

  • Clear and comprehensible writing for the non-scientific student: Makes text appropriate for a wide variety of students, including criminal justice, law enforcement, and more
  • Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of forensics and its role in criminal investigation: Captures the pulse and intensity of forensic science investigations and the attention of the busiest student
  • Outstanding pedagogical features: Supports both teaching and learning

Features

Features

Clear and comprehensible writing for the non-scientific student:

  • Respected author has vast experience as both an active forensic scientist and college level instructor of forensic science—served as Chief Forensic Scientist of the NJ State Police Laboratory, taught forensic science courses at the College of New Jersey and Ocean County College, and authored or co-authored more than forty-five technical papers on forensics
  • Assumes no prior knowledge of scientific principles or techniques when discussing criminalistics—includes descriptions of forensics analysis as well as techniques for the proper identification, collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes
  • Strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear and understandable to all students—the nature of physical evidence is defined, and the limitations that technology and current knowledge impose on its individualization and characterization are examined
  • Discussions of the scientific topics focus on state-of-the-art technology without delving into extraneous theories that may bore or overwhelm the non-science student—only the most relevant scientific and technological concepts are presented

Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of forensics and its role in criminal investigation:

  • Discusson of the relationship between forensics and the criminal investigation—illustrates the role of forensic science in criminal investigations and examines the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system
  • Inside the Science feature offers students the option of delving into the more difficult technical aspects of the subject—this option can be bypassed without detracting from a basic comprehension of the subject of forensic science
  • A major portion of the text centers on the role of the crime scene investigator—including preserving, recording, and collecting physical evidence at the crime scene
  • Descriptions and pertinent forensic facts about cases of notoriety are provided—demonstrates for the reader actual applications of forensic science to real-life case investigations

Outstanding pedagogical features:

  • End of chapter material maximizes student learning—includes chapter summaries, review questions, application and critical thinking exercises, as well as reference materials related to subjects covered in the chapter
  • UPDATED! Supplemental Material—includes an updated instructional manual containing discussion questions and answers related to each chapter, test questions and Powerpoints
  • Two lab manuals with experiments relating to each of the chapters are available to incorporate and apply introductory forensic materials into an accompanying lab course—gives the instructor wide flexibility in selecting available laboratory equipment and supplies to apply to forensic science experiments

New to this Edition

Clear and comprehensible writing for the non-scientific student:

  • REORGANIZED! Chapters have been arranged to integrate scientific methodology with actual forensic applications
  • REDESIGNED! Chapters have been redesigned to include “Inside the Science” breakouts to allow the reader to focus on technological and scientific aspects of chapter contents

Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of forensics and its role in criminal investigation:

  • REVISED! Chapter 2, Collection of Crime-Scene Evidence —expanded coverage of the collection and preservation of DNA evidence, as well as safety protocols required to ensure the well-being of CSI personnel at crime scenes
  • NEW! Chapter 5, Death Investigation, emphasizes the role of the forensic pathologist in death investigation—paying particular attention to autopsy procedures and time-of-death determinations
  • REORGANIZED! Chapter 18, Computer Forensics—also expanded to include mobile devices
  • NEW! Chapter 19, Mobile Forensics—examines various types of mobile devices and their various generations emphasizing associated strengths and weakness for applying them to a criminal investigation

Outstanding pedagogical features:

  • NEW! Critical Thinking questions—added to select chapters

Table of Contents

preface
about the author 


Science and Technology in Criminal Investigation

Crime-Scene Investigation

Assessing the Physical Evidence

Crime-Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Evidence

The Role of Forensic Experts in Death Investigation

Detecting Crimes with Fingerprints
The Microscope and Its Forensic Applications

Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions

Forensic Analysis of Matter, Light, and Glass

Evidentiary Value of Hair and Fibers

Drug Abuse and Drug Evidence

Forensic Toxicology

Examination of Metals, Paint, and Soil

Forensic Serology

DNA: The Indispensable Forensic Science Tool

Investigation of Arson and Explosions

Scientific Examination of Documents

Computer Forensics

Mobile Device Forensics