Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science by David A. Harris

By David A. Harris

With the recognition of crime dramas like CSI targeting forensic technological know-how, and extending numbers of police and prosecutors making frequent 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 identified professional on police profiling David A. Harris. in reality, such a lot of legislation enforcement doesn't embody science—it rejects it as a substitute, resisting it vigorously. The query on the center of this ebook is why.

»» Eyewitness identifications systems utilizing simultaneous lineups—showing the witness six folks together,as police have ordinarily done—produces an important variety of improper identifications.

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

»» Fingerprint matching doesn't use likelihood calculations in accordance with gathered and standardized facts to generate conclusions, yet really human interpretation and judgment.Examiners in general declare a 0 fee of errors – an untenable declare within the face of publicly identified blunders by means of the simplest examiners within the U.S.

Failed facts explores the true purposes that police and prosecutors face up to clinical swap, and it lays out a concrete plan to deliver legislations enforcement into the medical current. Written in a crisp and interesting type, freed from felony and clinical jargon, Failed Evidence will clarify to police and prosecutors, political leaders and coverage makers, in addition to different specialists and someone else who cares approximately how legislations enforcement does its activity, the place we must always move from the following. simply because provided that we comprehend why legislations enforcement resists technological know-how can we be capable 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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