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Attorney Guidelines

The United States Attorney General published Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement in 1999. It covers most aspects of crime investigation that involves handling evidence from eyewitnesses. The guidelines are based both on the application of current psychological research on perception, memory, recognition and identification to forensic procedures already in use. Instructions are also included there for ordering copies directly from the National Institute of Justice.

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The Inspector General of the Department of Justice published a review of the FBI's handling of the Brandon Mayfield Case in March, 2006. The concerned an investigation into the FBI's erroneous identification of the fingerprints of Lawyer Brandon Mayfield as a terrorist in 2004. That report can be ordered from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General.

The United State National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences published Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward in 2009. Its report is based on two years of hearings that reviewed all of the forensic disciplines. The report contained thirteen recommendations to Congress, as well as detailed analyses of the problems facing the forensic sciences today. This report can be ordered from the National Academies Press at