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The Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission is putting together a panel of experts to suggest potential new services for crime victims -- and changes to the rules that determine who is eligible for compensation after a crime.

James McCurtis is the director of the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission. He says in the last few years there have been fewer people filing claims with the Michigan Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and that’s partially because more people have insurance.

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Northern Michigan University will debut a forensic anthropology major in the fall. Included in the curriculum will be hands-on experience in the world's first cold-weather "body farm".

A body farm is a research facility where decomposition of the human body in various environments is studied. There are currently eight in the world, but all are in moderate to warm climates. Relatively little is known about how a human body decomposes in cold weather.

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Medical marijuana fees are funding law enforcement cracking down on illegal marijuana growth and use

This information comes from a 2016 report to the legislature produced on October 27, 2016. It details that 18 counties applied for over $1 million in funding and 17 spent over $600,000. Fund use included paying overtime wages and covering raid gear. 

MSU helps to fight crime with CSI-style technology

Dec 7, 2015
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Crime fighting is starting to look more and more like the show CSI, thanks to developers at Michigan State University.

The instant DNA match technology CSI's forensic investigators use isn't here quite yet, but MSU researchers have developed several other systems that aren't far off.

Last week, MSU licensed a facial recognition search system that matches images from surveillance footage with photos of potential suspects.

MSU has also licensed technology that matches up forensic sketches with mug shots.

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Researchers at Michigan State University have developed software to help nab criminals when there is no photo of a suspect or when the photo or video is of very poor quality.

The new FaceSketchID System matches police sketches with large photo databases of mug shots and drivers licenses.

Anil Jain, an MSU professor of computer science and engineering, led the research team.  He said this is another tool for identifying a possible suspect when the police only have visual descriptions from witnesses. "The face-recognition systems which we have match two photos," he said. "But they don't do very well in matching a composite with a photo. So that's the gap which we have filled through our research."