Forensic Science And The Criminal Justice System Essay

799 Words Aug 28th, 2015 4 Pages
There are a wide variety of creative and interesting crime shows on television today that a great deal of today’s society follow. Shows such as CSI, Law and Order, Forensic Files, and NCIS are becoming increasingly popular and the way the shows are scripted makes for compelling television. While these shows are indeed interesting, they are giving viewers a false sense of knowledge when it comes to the real world of forensic science and the criminal justice system as a whole. The “CSI Effect” is causing everyday jurors to feel more confident in decision making when it comes to cases they are trying which is causing them to need more evidence to convict even for the simplest of crimes.
The “CSI Effect” is “the phenomenon in which jurors hold unrealistic expectations of forensic evidence and investigation techniques, and have an increased interest in the discipline of forensic science” (Anonymous 1). This so called phenomenon is effecting the criminal justice system in a way that it is making it more difficult to get convictions where it might not have been previously. Jurors are becoming increasingly aware and have a better understanding of the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to “types and tests of forensic evidence, legal procedures, and due process” (Tapscott 11).
One of the major problems that prosecutors and judges are finding that come from the “CSI Effect” is that it is raising the bar for burden of proof and is leading many jurors to believe that…

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