Uniting forensics, law, and social science in meaningful and relevant ways, Forensic Science and the Administration of Justice is structured around current research on how forensic evidence is being used and how it is impacting the justice system. This unique book—written by nationally known scholars in the field—includes five sections that explore the demand for forensic services, the quality of forensic services, the utility of forensic services, post-conviction forensic issues, and the future role of forensic science in the administration of justice. The authors offer policy-relevant directions for both the criminal justice and forensic fields and demonstrate how the role of the crime laboratory in the American justice system is evolving in concert with technological advances as well as changing demands and competing pressures for laboratory resources.
The Utility of Forensic Services
Following the demonstration about increases in the demand for forensic services but unresolved questions about the quality of forensic services a logical inquiry is whether or not forensic evidence “matters.” Not only whether forensic evidence matters, but how it matters, or perhaps more accurately, how it gets used in the justice system. In this section, we have included three readings that speak to issues related to the utility of forensic services. First, in “The Impact of Forensic Evidence on Criminal Justice: Evidence From Case Processing Studies,” Sally Kelty, Roberta Julian, and Robert Hayes provide a review of research from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australasia on the utility of forensic evidence in understanding criminal justice ...