Using Forensic Science to Identify Criminals

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Using Forensic Science to Identify Criminals Rape, murder, theft, and other crimes almost always leave a devastating mark on the victim. More often than not, it would be impossible to identify the perpetrator a crime without forensic science and the technology it uses. Forensic science allows investigators to unmask the secrets of the crime scene. Evidence gathered at the crime scene helps to identify the guilty party, murder weapon, and even the identity of the victim (Harkawy, 1991: 276). The new technologies enables the forensic experts to have better and faster access to accumulated information, to be more accurate in the identification of victims or delinquents, and minimizes the possibility of wrongful accusations. New technology has improved the methods and techniques that forensic scientists and law enforcement investigators use, in order to provide a safer environment for other people. Information technology is one of the most important aspects in forensic science. It is very important for the forensic experts to receive the undisturbed evidence, such as fingerprints left at the crime scene, as quickly as possible, for more accurate readings. Thus using space technology, such as satellite communication, enables the forensic experts to "gather and digitize evidence at the crime scene, enter it into an on-site computer, and beam the data to a crime lab for swift analysis" (Paula, 1998: 12). Therefore, due to the use of this technology, forensic experts in laboratories can examine the evidence in short time, and the possibility of damage or unlawful manipulation of the evidence before the trial is minimal (Paula, 1998: 12). More often than not, "criminals" wear gloves at the time of the crime, thus to obtain a fingerprint... ... middle of paper ... ...96). Forensic Assessment with the Millon Inventories. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. Murray, Raymond, C.. and John C.F. Tedrow. (1975). Forensic Geology: Earth Sciences and Criminal Investigation. New Jersey: Ruthgers University Press. Paula, Greg. "Using Space-Age Tech to Stop Crooks." Mechanical Engineering November 1998, Volume 120, Issue 11: 12. Rehkopf, Donald, G. Jr., and Jerid M. Fisher. (1997). "Neuropsychology in Criminal Proceedings." In Robert J. McCaffrey, Arthur D. Williams, Jerid M. Fisher, and Linda C. Laing (Eds.), The Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology: Meeting Challenges in the Courtroom. New York, NY: Plenum Press. 135 -- 151. Sternbergh, Adam. "Prints and Paupers." Canadian Business Technology Summer 1996 Volume 69, Issue 9: 64. Westen, Drew. (1996). Psychology: Mind, Brain, & Culture. Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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