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By David A. Harris

With the recognition of crime dramas like CSI concentrating on forensic technology, and extending numbers of police and prosecutors making accepted use of DNA, high-tech technological know-how turns out to became the handmaiden of legislations enforcement. yet it is 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 include science—it rejects it as an alternative, resisting it vigorously. The query on the center of this booklet is why.

»» Eyewitness identifications tactics utilizing simultaneous lineups—showing the witness six individuals together,as police have often done—produces an important variety of mistaken identifications.

»» Interrogations that come with threats of harsh consequences and untruths concerning 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 accordance with accumulated and standardized information to generate conclusions, yet relatively human interpretation and judgment.Examiners normally declare a 0 price of mistakes – an untenable declare within the face of publicly recognized error through the simplest examiners within the U.S.

Failed facts explores the genuine purposes that police and prosecutors withstand medical swap, and it lays out a concrete plan to convey legislation enforcement into the medical current. Written in a crisp and fascinating type, freed from criminal and clinical 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 activity, the place we must always pass from right here. simply because provided that we comprehend why legislations enforcement resists technology do we be ready to holiday via this resistance and persuade police and prosecutors to depend upon the simplest that technology has to provide. Justice calls for no less.


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