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.

A Survey of Ethical Issues in the Forensic Sciences

A survey of ethical issues in the forensic sciences
JaySiegel

Introduction

Proper attention to ethical behavior is as much a part of being a good scientist as are the use of best practices, maintaining currency in one's field, and responsible conduct of research and analysis. This is all the more important when science is involved in the administration of justice. This is the essence of forensic science—the applications of scientific methods to matters involving the justice system. Ideally, forensic scientists analyze evidence in criminal or civil cases using the latest, validated scientific methods; write comprehensive scientific laboratory reports of their findings; and then, when called by the court, offer effective, lucid expert testimony to the trier of fact (judge ...

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