Criminal justice and forensic science showcased in new publication

Posted by ap507 at Dec 17, 2014 02:05 PM |
Drs John Bond and Lisa Smith from the Department of Criminology publish new book on forensic science techniques in crime scene investigation

Drs John Bond and Lisa Smith from the Department of Criminology have published a new book on criminal justice and forensic science.

The book, Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: A multidisciplinary introduction, provides an overview of common forensic science techniques, and the principles of crime scene investigation and management. It then considers how forensic evidence is interpreted, as well as issues related to the use of forensic science in the courtroom.

There is also a discussion of how forensic science is portrayed in the popular media, and how these unrealistic portrayals may influence the use of forensic science in the criminal justice system which is commonly referred to as the CSI Effect. There are also discussions around contemporary issues and debates in forensic science, such as emerging technologies, human rights, and international cooperation in forensics.

Dr Smith said: "Most forensic science textbooks cover just the physical science underlying forensics, without providing an understanding of how forensic science operates within the wider criminal justice system and society in general.

"Our book includes consideration of these social science aspects, which is particularly useful for students who are interested in careers which involve forensic science and criminal investigations - such as police, lawyers, etc. - but who are not going to be working in forensic laboratories."

Dr Bond added: "We hope that a reader will gain from the book a broad understanding of the social and legal implications of forensic science, as well as an introduction to some forensic science techniques used most commonly by the police."

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: A multidisciplinary introduction can be ordered from the University's Bookshop.

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