Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. AFIS is used by the CSIs to match fingerprints from a crime scene against various databases of fingerprints on file.
|ALS (Alternate Light Source): |
An ultraviolet light that will render certain stains (such as semen and blood that was merely wiped up) visible when viewed through a special polarized orange filter. In some instances the CSIs wear orange goggles to look for such evidence. Portable, flashlight style ALS units have a rectangular piece of transparent orange plastic mounted on them just behind the light source.
1. Additional personnel who respond to a report of a crime or a crime scene to render assistance to those already present.
2. A small weapon, usually a revolver, that patrol officers generally carry in an ankle holster to be used in case their primary weapon becomes disabled or they become separated from it.
|Body Dump: |
Term used when a victim's body is discovered in a location other than where killed. Usually an attempt to conceal the crime or at least some aspect of it. Many body dumps occur in the Glades because the criminals know there is a high probability that the alligators may eat some or all of the dead body.
A gunshot to the head, usually delivered at close range, as a deliberate attempt to kill the victim. The typical mob-style hit is referred to as a double-cap because two shots are fired into the victim's head to ensure death. Presumably derived from 'decapitation.'
Combined DNA Index System. CODIS is the FBI-funded computer system that permits searching DNA profiles developed by federal, state, and local crime laboratories to match DNA from known individuals to DNA evidence collected at crime scenes.
Short for "Dead Body."
Short for 'decomposition'. A natural process that occurs after death causing the remains to deteriorate. The CSIs use the state of 'decomp' to approximate a time of death as well as draw other conclusions concerning the circumstances of the victim's death.
A dead body discovered in a naturally occurring body of water. Upon death, a body will float for several hours before sinking. After a few days, gases that built up inside the corpse from decomposition cause the body to float to the surface again. Can also be used to refer to dead bodies found in swimming pools.
|Glades (The): |
Short for "The Everglades." A very large area of swampland that comprises a large area of southern Florida. Some of the area stays dry enough to be inhabitable and some people do live within it.
Short for Gunshot Residue. GSR is composed of small amounts of burned and partially burned gunpowder that falls onto a shooter's hand or clothing after discharging a firearm. GSR can also appear on a victim if the victim was shot at close range. On a victim, GSR is sometimes referred to as 'powder burns' depending on the nature of the residue.
Short for "Gunshot Wound."
Integrated Ballistics Identification System. A database system maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) containing data on the characteristics of firearms, generally handguns. Such characteristics include the striations left on a bullet from a gun barrel and also the pin indentations left on shell casings when a weapon is fired.
A general term for where a dead body is laid out in the morgue. Slab can refer either to the examination table in the morgue or the sliding shelf in the refrigerated compartments where corpses are stored pending further examination or release to a mortuary.
|SoBe or SOBE: |
Pronounced "So be," as in "So be it." Short for South Beach, an area of trendy shops, restaurants. clubs, and art deco architecture in the southern part of Miami Beach. This is where all of the 'fabulous' people hang out to show off their fabulousity.
|Through and Through: |
A term describing a gunshot wound where the bullet passes completely through the body of the victim and comes to rest outside of the victim's body. A through and through will have an entrance wound and a corresponding exit wound, thus enabling the CSIs to determine the approximate trajectory of the bullet.
Short for 'trace evidence'. Refers to evidence that is physically small, such as a hair, a piece of fiber, a nail clipping, a shard of metal or glass, etc, that may seem insignificant, but may yield important evidence concerning the crime committed.
Also refers to the laboratory section within the CSI building that processes and examines such evidence. "Get these fibers to Trace and find out what they are."
|Wet Foot/Dry Foot: |
Refers in a special provision in US Immigration Laws whereby any citizen of Cuba will be granted political asylum and eventually a green-card upon setting foot on dry land on US soil. Thus, Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba by boat, attempt to make it past the high-water mark on local beaches to achieve this status.