Forensic Confusion: ICE testing for age of purported juvenile detainees not done according to its own rules.

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Here is another great example of the intersection between forensics and criminal justice. It surely is a mess. These two articles lay out how US Immigration courts are rendering opinions on the chronological age of detainees without completing the requisites contained in their own rule handbook.

Some ICE court judges certainly seem upset about dental ageing from 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) and seem to think “bone ageing” is spurious.

Here’s a look at ageing from wisdom teeth. “How ICE sent children seeking asylum to adult detention centers. “

“ICE isn’t following its own handbook on how to deport kids. “


About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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