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Crime Lab Report - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169155, 9780128173282

Crime Lab Report

1st Edition

An Anthology on Forensic Science in the Era of Criminal Justice Reform

Author: John Collins
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128169155
eBook ISBN: 9780128173282
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th September 2019
Page Count: 388
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Crime Lab Report compiles the most relevant and popular articles that appeared in this ongoing periodical between 2007 and 2017. Articles have been categorized by theme to serve as chapters, with an introduction at the beginning of each chapter and a description of the events that inspired each article. The author concludes the compilation with a reflection on Crime Lab Report, the retired periodical, and the future of forensic science as the 21st Century unfolds. Intended for forensic scientists, prosecutors, defense attorneys and even students studying forensic science or law, this compilation provides much needed information on the topics at hand.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive look ‘behind the curtain’ of the forensic sciences from the viewpoint of someone working within the field
  • Educates practitioners and laboratory administrators, providing talking points to help them respond intelligently to questions and criticisms, whether on the witness stand or when meeting with politicians and/or policymakers
  • Captures an important period in the history of forensic science and criminal justice in America


Forensic Scientists, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys. Forensic Science Programs, Forensic Science Students

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Creation of Crime Lab Report
1. Rise of the Innocence Movement
2. The Press Campaign
3. The Wrongful Conviction of Forensic Science
4. Contextual Contamination of Scientific Evidence
5. The Management of Forensic Science Organizations
6. Forensic Science Governance and Regulation
7. Federal Intervention
8. The Clash of Law and Science
9. Randomness – the Misunderstood Basis
10. Retrospective Reviews of Past Forensic Testing
11. The Innocence Audit
12. Forensic Science in the Future

13. Conclusion


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About the Author

John Collins

John Collins

John Collins is among the most active and respected forensic science professionals in the United States. A prolific writer and speaker on contemporary forensic science practices, John has been a pioneering advocate for the improvement of leadership and HR practices in forensic science organizations. His educational workshops are among the most highly attended of any forensic science instructor in practice today, and his writings have had an unprecedented impact on modern forensic science policy in the United States and overseas. John is a member of the forensic science faculty at Michigan State University, and he also works as a high-stakes leadership consultant and executive coach at Critical Victories (, a company he founded to help people, teams, and organizations function more effectively in high-stakes, high-pressure environments. John has a master’s degree in Organizational Management and is formally recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional. In 2013, John was honored by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors with the prestigious Briggs White Award in recognition for his expertise and outstanding contributions in the field of forensic science administration.

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Science Instructor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

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