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The champions of forensic science-Chapter 14:Advocacy and funding efforts

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Publisher
Elsevier Inc.
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/b978-012370861-8/50016-4
Disciplines
  • Criminology
  • Medicine
  • Political Science

Abstract

Publisher Summary The needs of the forensic science community are many, but the opportunities to petition for assistance from local, state, and federal governments are too few.The current federal fiscal picture does not allow for funds to be used for anything other than deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analyses and backlog reduction, which represents only about 5 percent of the overall forensic workload in the United States. The current funding mechanisms are earmarked so heavily that many states do not receive funds and thus are shutting down forensic laboratories and medical examiners' offices. It is critical for both forensic practitioners and laypersons to understand the basics of the congressional budget process—a complex journey that begins with the US Constitution giving Congress the power to spend money provided by the US Treasury. The challenge comes in bridging the knowledge gap between where science ends and where politics begins. In such cases, this chapter recommends that everyone including the police, detectives, evidence technicians, laboratory technicians, forensic scientists, and prosecutors must be well-trained in the preservation, collection, and preparation of forensic evidence.

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