Assignment/Video Watch + Discussion Board: The Real CSI

Please review (and take notes) of the video at this link:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/real-csi/

From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases — and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom.

In the discussion board, address the following:

Why do errors exist in forensic science?

What should happen to cases that relied upon 'junk science' to help convict the suspect?

In what ways can forensic science increase its application toward justice to reduce errors?



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