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Bibliography: Forensic Science & Criminal Investigations
This website tells of all necessary information of forensic science and studies. It tells of what forensic science/study is, “scientific processing of a criminal investigation,” and how forensic science evolves and is used everyday.
How does forensic science help investigators solve a criminal case?
According to this source, “Forensics is a vital aspect of criminal law and can help determine suspects, convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and link serial crimes.” Officers and investigators/officials of the law use forensic science to convict and prove that a victim is either guilty or not guilty. For example, if there is a murder case, investigators send finger prints, shoe marks, any hair or skin follicles, blood or DNA samples, and any other evidence found at the scene of the crime to a forensics lab. Next, the forensic scientists use data, theories, and experiments to link a criminal to the listed crime.
What exactly does forensic science accomplish or succeed in for any given case?
In any case, investigators start out by listing a series of expected and unexpected criminals. Then, they try to find any evidence around the scene of the crime. Next, the investigators try their best to link their findings to every listed criminal (this cuts down the list of criminals). Finally, the investigators solve the case and find their man.
Some feel as if that is how every case goes. Even though that is the process, it’s not always that simple. According to this source, “Forensics evidence must be collected at the initial crime scene . If it is not collected at the start, materials may become contaminated and can create inaccurate conclusions regarding the crime.
Forensics is an integral part of any crime solving process. Forensics can:
- determine the guilt of a criminal suspect
- link related serial crimes
- narrow the range of suspects
- determine crime patterns
- and exonerate the innocent.