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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
PRINTS AMONG MEN
Profile America - Monday, May 19th. The first criminal case in the U.S. in which fingerprint evidence alone won conviction occurred this month in New York City in 1911. Burglary suspect Caesar Cella, alias Charles Crispi, was undone by prints identified by detective Joseph Faurot. Just a few months earlier, a murder conviction was obtained in Chicago with the aid of fingerprint evidence. The first known crime case solved by fingerprint matching occurred in 1880 in Tokyo, but the unique pattern of each person's fingerprints had been known since ancient Rome. Today, the use of DNA samples from crime scenes is the fastest-growing area of forensic evidence. At the end of 2012, there were 1,571,013 inmates in U.S. federal and state prisons, a decline of almost 28,000 from a year earlier. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4163
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