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 Future Role of Forensic Science in the Administration of Justice
The future role of forensic science in the administration of justice

We close out this text with three readings that provide outlooks on what the future might hold for forensic science and how we may come to better understand its role in the justice process. First, Max M. Houck and Paul J. Speaker discuss how the adoption of a systems-level, business model approach may lead to more rational assessments of laboratory efficiency and effectiveness, and, as a result, improved decision making about the optimal provision of forensic services. In “Developing New Business Models for Forensic Laboratories,” Houck and Speaker suggest that the forensic community needs to explore a concept of operations (CONOPS) that would articulate ...

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