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Intro -- CONTENTS -- List of Tables -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgements -- CHAPTER 1: Introduction -- CHAPTER 2: Forensic Sciences and Publicly-Funded Crime Labs: An Overview -- CHAPTER 3: Understanding Breakdowns in Formal Organizations: Developing a Conceptual Framework -- CHAPTER 4: Methodologies Employed in the Study -- CHAPTER 5: Digging Deeper: Scrutinizing Malpractice in Crime Labs -- CHAPTER 6: Nature and Etiology of Malpractice in Crime Labs: A System Failure? -- CHAPTER 7: Than What…? Concluding Remarks -- References -- Index.
Buker tells the untold story of crime labs. Through extensive field research he scrutinizes the problem of malpractice in the US publicly-funded crime labs from an administrative perspective. Several examples of malpractice in these organizations reflect not only individual mishaps of forensic scientists working in these labs, but also organizational failures. Buker finds that elements of organizational environment and organizational behavior of the crime labs combine to create this organizational failure. He concludes with public policy suggestions to maintain and amplify the trustworthiness of these very important criminal justice organizations.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.