DNA Evidence and Investigation

From the Series Compact Research: Current Issues
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DNA is a powerful law enforcement tool that is used to solve a wide variety of crimes. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title examines, How Conclusive Is DNA Evidence in Solving Crimes? How Effective Is DNA Testing for Correcting Justice System Errors? Should Prisoners Have a Right to DNA Testing? and Do Law Enforcement DNA Databases Threaten Civil Liberties?

Interest Level Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2011
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series Compact Research: Current Issues
Language English
Number of Pages 112
ISBN 9781601521026, 9781601522139B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2011-08-01
Author Peggy Parks
Dewey 363.45
 

Booklist

The Current Issues subset of the Compact Research series presents different points of view on topics students may be researching for papers or debates. Brightened with colorful graphics and charts as well as the occasional photo, each volume opens with a broad overview followed by four chapters and sections of related quotes and statistics. DNA Evidence and Investigation discusses the usefulness of such evidence as well as civil-liberties concerns raised by DNA databases. Back matter in each book includes a chronology, annotated lists of “Related Organizations” and “Key People and Advocacy Groups,” and bibliographies of books, periodicals, reports, films, and Internet sources. The books’ “Primary Source Quotes” sections, which define the term primary source rather broadly, offer quotes out of context (and sometimes with ellipses or bracketed additions) and identify their sources. Each volume’s cover uses the same design and photos. Although the books’ reading level is higher than the colorful, accessible format suggests, students may find the books more usable than the densely packed essays in comparable series. — Carolyn Phelan

Booklist

The Current Issues subset of the Compact Research series presents different points of view on topics students may be researching for papers or debates. Brightened with colorful graphics and charts as well as the occasional photo, each volume opens with a broad overview followed by four chapters and sections of related quotes and statistics. DNA Evidence and Investigation discusses the usefulness of such evidence as well as civil-liberties concerns raised by DNA databases. Back matter in each book includes a chronology, annotated lists of “Related Organizations” and “Key People and Advocacy Groups,” and bibliographies of books, periodicals, reports, films, and Internet sources. The books’ “Primary Source Quotes” sections, which define the term primary source rather broadly, offer quotes out of context (and sometimes with ellipses or bracketed additions) and identify their sources. Each volume’s cover uses the same design and photos. Although the books’ reading level is higher than the colorful, accessible format suggests, students may find the books more usable than the densely packed essays in comparable series

School Library Journal

The first book discusses how conclusive the science is in solving crimes, whether DNA testing is effective for correcting justice-system errors, whether prisoners have a right to such testing, and whether databases of samples threaten civil liberties. The second examines whether drug abuse is a serious problem among athletes, how effective drug-testing policies are, whether more rigorous testing is needed for student athletes, and whether drug use should be legalized in competitive sports. Several pages of primary-source quotes, including excerpts from newspaper and magazine articles that interview law enforcement personnel, lawyers, families, and others, are included at the end of each chapter. In addition, the narratives include quotes from other relevant parties, all making the books helpful for reports, debate research, and general interest. Numerous brightly colored, easy-to-read graphs, charts, and maps enhance the coverage. Both books have solid end matter that includes listings of key people and advocacy groups, and related organizations.

Author: Peggy Parks

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