Forensic Science in 21st Century Criminal Justice

The field of forensic science is diverse yet its most important goal is solving crimes in a way that is rapid and effective so as to produce credible evidence in court. It is important therefore to consider the importance of forensic science to criminal investigations and how such results are to be admitted in court to ensure that justice is served. Furthermore, there are various influences that have fuelled great interest in this field and it becomes important to examine such fields as a way of understanding how society views this unique science. Introduction

Forensic science has helped law enforcers collect and analyze evidence of criminal actions and therefore brought justice and prevented further crimes from being committed. Over time the criminal mind has evolved and the need to counter these changes led to the growth of forensic science as a way of dealing with this new crime waves. Forensic science uses technology and medicine as a tool of evaluating evidence and crime scenes so as to establish the truth regarding criminal actions. The findings are then used in the court to convict criminals or used by law enforcers to catch criminals and prevent further crimes (Wecht & Rago, 2006).

Importance of forensic science to policing and criminal investigations and Court Processes The art of collecting evidence about a crime is challenging since the doer would logically seek to hide any evidence linking him to the presupposed crime and therefore effective methods to link him to the crime are necessary if he is to be stopped from evading justice. Security departments use the skill of forensic experts to analyze evidence acqu9ired from the scenes of crime and formulate a scenario that allows them to solve even some of the most drastic crimes.

Furthermore, this evidence is linked to other reports like autopsy from pathologists and then uses it all to come up with a concrete defense to convict criminals (McCartney, 2006). There are some who feel that the current forensic system is inadequate and that reforms are vital if the integrity of the system is to hold. These critics argue that results based on forensic analysis are inconsistent and that the only field that is truly reliable is DNA analysis.

However, there are some qualities that lead to the success of forensic examinations among them being containing crime scene for contamination, competent supervision, experience, education and having a profound appreciation of the ability of science to aid in solving crimes. Forensic results have been used in court to convict criminals ensuring that justice is always served and no one escapes the long arm of the law. Lastly, forensic science ensures that cases pertaining to parentage are solved immediately and crimes related to abortion become easier to solve (New York police, 2009).

Media representation and impact There has been significant interest in the field of forensic science in the country due to the airing of popular series that shows law enforcers using forensic science to solve crimes. The media has there portrayed the science as being vital to society and justice and as a consequence has seen many students apply for admittance in academies that offer the course. The most acclaimed of these programs is CSI short for crime scene investigations. Conclusion Forensic science has contributed greatly to the solution of several cases and is a fundamental pillar in law enforcement.

Forensic experts have contributed greatly in the solution of many cases and it is therefore important that research be encouraged to improve the scope of the science and boost the confidence of the people on the field. References Carole McCartney. (2006). Forensic identification and criminal justice. Willan Publishing. New York police. (2009). Interesting Cases: Biosciences. Retrieved May 24, 2009 from http://www. troopers. state. ny. us/Forensic_Science/Lab_Sections/. Wecht, C. & Rago, J. (2006). CRC Press. Forensic science and law. University of California press.