Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Global Edition (11e) : 9781292062020

Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Global Edition (11e)

Saferstein, Richard
 
Edition
 
11
ISBN
 
9781292062020
ISBN 10
 
1292062029
Published
 
11/06/2014
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
552
Format
 
In stock
 
Title type
Book
$124.99
 
 
Title type
 
$60.00
 
 
Description

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, 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 individualisation and characterisation 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
Table of contents
  • 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 
     
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
  • NEWChapter 5, Death Investigation, emphasizes the role of the forensic pathologist in death investigation—paying particular attention to autopsy procedures and time-of-death determinations
  • REORGANIZEDChapter 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

Features & benefits

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 individualisation and characterisation 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