Criminal Identification And The Criminal Justice System

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Techniques of criminal identification have varied throughout the criminal justice system. As time progressed, these techniques evolved accordingly. Due to modern day technology, and scientific advancements, it has made identifying criminals much easier. Adding to the effectiveness and accuracy, these techniques also carry much more weight and play a much more credible role in court. Best of all, it has made it near impossible for a suspect to get away with a crime especially when not caught in the act of committing. Although, methods of criminal identification have varied throughout history, the most common and verifying procedure of pinpointing criminals still today is through fingerprint analysis. Because fingerprints are most commonly left at a crime scene and because they are extremely unique in each of their individual characteristics, the overall techniques of recovering them at a crime scene continue to have a compelling impact on determining criminals.
Without any means of personal identification, many individuals throughout history all over the world took notice of analyzing fingerprints and their unique characteristics. Dating back centuries, old civilizations would utilize fingerprints by placing them on clay tablets indicating a business transaction had been made. An anatomy professor named John Evangelist Purkinje, at the University of Breslau in the year 1823 published a thesis analyzing nine fingerprint patterns, although made no mention or indication of the
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