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.
Chapter 2: Is There Evidence of a “CSI Effect”?
Is There Evidence of a “CSI Effect”?
Crime show dramas, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, are among the top-rated programs on television amassing millions of viewers each year. Unlike other law- or police-based television programs, in these shows, forensic science and its scientists take center stage. The protagonists are crime scene investigators who tirelessly examine the physical evidence to solve gruesome and often graphic crimes using the latest scientific technology to identify perpetrators. The investigations are often carried out without assistance from the police and entirely outside of the courtroom, as science becomes law's truth-telling tool to resolve disputes without ambiguity and all within the hour program. This fascination with the capacity and role of forensic science in ...