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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-09-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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BENEFIT:This easy to read, comprehensive primer is written by criminal justice professionals specifically for criminal justice students. It reviews 89 specific and timely forensic areas of academic investigation and its discussions are tempered with significant day-to-day field application experience. Its chapter-opening outlines and end-of-chapter learning features strive to make the material relevant for readers and its goal is to encourage students to understand how they will use forensic science in the criminal justice field.TOPICS:Discusses forensic topics as they relate to the world of the CJ professional. Includes topics such as the history of the field, the scope of forensic mental health, the trial consultant, treating offenders, and family court issues. Explores forensics around the world, the future of forensics and ethical considerations. Criminal justice students.

Author Biography


Ayn Seddon received her doctorate in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been an educator for over fifteen years, teaching in criminal justice, criminology, human services, and psychology. She teaches wholly online for Capella University and Corinthian Colleges. Her research interests include violent sexual offenders, minorities and crime, international criminology, and identity development. She has published extensively in journals, authored a chapter in a criminological theory text, and has served as editor for a forensics encyclopedia. She currently resides in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, Dan O’Reilly, a professor of philosophy, and three children: Emma, Tarika, and Ravi.


Allan Pass is a licensed and board certified mental health practitioner with a specialty in forensic mental health. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and has been in practice for over 35 years. In 1986, he founded National Behavioral Science Consultants, a behavioral sciences consulting firm. He is a recognized expert in forensic mental health related matters and testifies for criminal defense attorneys, the prosecution and under direct court order. Pass has served as a hostage negotiator and criminal personality profiler in murder and sexual crime investigations for various state and local law enforcement agencies, provided extensive training services in crisis management/intervention and hostage negotiations to mental health agencies, correctional facilities and hospitals, guest lectured at a variety of health industry agencies and colleges and universities. He has published numerous professional articles in various journals.  

Table of Contents

Background Material
Introduction to Forensics
The History of Forensics
Processing the Evidence
The Importance of the Crime Scene
The Crime Laboratory
Drugs, Documents, and Doorjambs
Toxicology, Drugs, and Chemical Analysis
Document Analysis, Computer Forensics, and Fraud Investigation
Burglary, Theft, and Accident Investigation
Violent Felonies
The Process of Dying and Death Investigation
Assault, Abuse, and Sexual Crimes
Large Crime Scenes; Forensic Mental Health
Arson, Explosives and Mass Casualties
Forensic Mental Health
In The Courtroom and the Future of Forensics
In the Courtroom
An International Perspective and a Look Toward the Future
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