Latent Fingerprint Examination: Elements, Human Factors and Recommendations


Eva Accursio (Editor)

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: SCI093000

Fingerprints have provided a valuable method of personal identification in forensic science and criminal investigations for more than 100 years. Fingerprints left at crime scenes generally are latent prints—unintentional reproductions of the arrangement of ridges on the skin made by the transfer of materials (such as amino acids, proteins, polypeptides, and salts) to a surface. Palms and the soles of feet also have friction ridge skin that can leave latent prints.

The examination of a latent print consists of a series of steps involving a comparison of the latent print to a known (or exemplar) print. Courts have accepted latent print evidence for the past century. However, several high-profile cases in the United States and abroad have highlighted the fact that human errors can occur, and litigation and expressions of concern over the evidentiary reliability of latent print examinations and other forensic identification procedures has increased in the last decade. This book discusses latent print examinations in detail, and provides methods to improving the practice through a systems approach. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Latent Print Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice through a Systems Approach (pp. 1-224)
Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis

Chapter 2 – Latent Print Development (pp. 225-320)
Brian Yamashita, Mike French, Stephen Bleay, Antonio Cantu, Vici Inlow, Robert Ramotowski, Vaughn Sears and Melissa Wakefield


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