Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science

Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science

David A. Harris


With the recognition of crime dramas like CSI concentrating on forensic technological know-how, and lengthening numbers of police and prosecutors making familiar use of DNA, high-tech technological know-how turns out to became the handmaiden of legislation enforcement. yet this can be a myth,asserts legislation professor and nationally recognized professional on police profiling David A. Harris. in reality, so much of legislation enforcement doesn't embody science—it rejects it as a substitute, resisting it vigorously. The query on the center of this e-book is why.

»» Eyewitness identifications strategies utilizing simultaneous lineups—showing the witness six people together,as police have regularly done—produces an important variety of wrong identifications.

»» Interrogations that come with threats of harsh consequences and untruths in regards to the lifestyles of proof proving the suspect’s guilt considerably bring up the chance of an blameless individual confessing falsely.

»» Fingerprint matching doesn't use chance calculations in keeping with gathered and standardized information to generate conclusions, yet fairly human interpretation and judgment.Examiners in most cases declare a 0 expense of mistakes – an untenable declare within the face of publicly identified blunders by means of the simplest examiners within the U.S.

Failed proof explores the true purposes that police and prosecutors face up to medical switch, and it lays out a concrete plan to convey legislation enforcement into the medical current. Written in a crisp and fascinating variety, freed from criminal and medical jargon, Failed Evidence will clarify to police and prosecutors, political leaders and coverage makers, in addition to different specialists and an individual else who cares approximately how legislations enforcement does its task, the place we must always cross from right here. simply because provided that we comprehend why legislations enforcement resists technology do we manage to holiday via this resistance and persuade police and prosecutors to depend upon the easiest that technological know-how has to supply. Justice calls for no less.
 
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