Pearson Prentice Hall Clues High School Students Into Mysteries of Forensic Science

"Dr. Richard Saferstein´s work continues to be the gold standard of forensic science textbooks. He is simply unrivaled in his skill in making the crime lab exciting and accessible to all readers. This compelling book should be in every library and classroom, especially now in this era of proliferating forensic science advancements that make the impossible possible and mistakes unpardonable."

Patricia Cornwell, award-winning crime novelist

Upper Saddle River, NJ–January 23, 2007–Fingerprints. DNA. Trace evidence. These and other aspects of crime scene investigations have become part of the cultural landscape and, increasingly, high school curriculums. Call it the CSI factor. To meet this growing demand for information, Pearson Prentice Hall is publishing the first comprehensive forensic science program designed specifically for high school students and teachers.

Forensic Science: An Introduction, by Richard Saferstein, is adapted from his own best-selling college text, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, currently in its ninth edition. This new, highly accessible high school text includes cutting-edge forensic techniques, practices and procedures, including DNA profiling, automated firearms search systems, digital imaging, and evidence collection and preservation. The book also focuses on possible career opportunities in the expanding forensic science field.

Each chapter opens with a Case Study, incorporating real life examples of forensic science applications. Throughout the text, Learning Objectives highlight key concepts of each chapter; Forensic Brief boxes provide students with quick and pertinent facts about forensic cases; and Key Terms are explained in the margins. Each chapter contains summaries and review questions; and a full chapter examines the increasingly significant role computers are playing in criminal activity and the collection of forensic evidence.

The book is accompanied by a companion website ( that provides additional exercises, text information, and WebExtras, which serve to expand on information available in the text through video presentations and graphic displays that enhance the reader´s understanding of the subject´s more difficult concepts.

To supplement the text, Pearson Prentice Hall has published Basic Lab Exercises for Forensic Science. This manual offers hands-on activities and experiments, using easy-to-access and safe materials, on fingerprinting, blood stain and handwriting analysis, forensic anthropology, and more.
"Since the initial publication of Criminalistics thirty years ago, interest in, and the practice of, forensic science has grown in importance and popularity," said Saferstein. "Forensic Science: An Introduction goes behind the headlines to provide to high school students in-depth information on the actual processes involved in this rapidly evolving field."
Forensic Science: An Introduction
Author: Richard Saferstein
Copyright: 2008
Format: Student Edition (HS Binding)
ISBN: 0131961411

Basic Laboratory Exercises for Forensic Science
Author: Richard Saferstein
Copyright: 2007
Format: Lab Manual (Softcover)
ISBN: 0131961438

About the Author

Richard Saferstein, Ph.D., retired in 1991 after serving for twenty-one years as the Chief Forensic Scientist of the New Jersey State Police Laboratory, one of the largest crime laboratories in the United States. From 1972 to 1991, he taught an introductory forensic science course in the criminal justice programs at the College of New Jersey and Ocean County College. These teaching experiences played an influential role in his authorship of the widely used introductory college textbook Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. Saferstein´s basic philosophy in writing Criminalistics was to make forensic science understandable and meaningful to the non-science reader, while providing an appreciation for the scientific principles that underlie the subject. In 2006, Dr. Saferstein received the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Paul L. Kirk award for distinguished service and contributions to the field of criminalistics. He currently teaches a course on the role of the expert witness in the courtroom at the law school of Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware.

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