Crime Lab Report

Crime Lab Report

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

1st Edition - September 17, 2019

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  • Author: John Collins
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128169155
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128173282

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 17, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128169155
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128173282

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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  • JayJarvis Mon Nov 04 2019

    Must read for every forensic science and criminal justice professional

    Almost every area of forensic science has come under attack by well-funded members of the criminal defense bar, aided by sympathetic persons in the news media and academia. Crime Lab Report outlines the origins of this movement and how a pair of practicing forensic scientists on a shoestring budget created their own publication to defend their profession and expose the true motives of their critics. In this compilation of their ground-breaking work that spanned ten years, Mr. Collins provides expert analysis on a multitude of topics affecting forensic science including quality assurance, scientific methodology, managerial philosophies, media portrayals, forensic science commissions and the innocence movement. If you want a look at how the profession of forensic science has improved the criminal justice system, look no further than Crime Lab Report.