• Forensic Science: Overview

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    14 pages in length. The entire reason forensic science exists is to help law enforcement recreate a crime scene in order to collect and process evidence with the intent of catching the perpetrator. All of this must work in tandem with little deviance from strict methodology in order to render the ultimate objective: putting the criminal behind bars. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

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    evidence with the intent of catching the perpetrator. All of this must work in tandem with little deviance from strict methodology in order to render the ultimate objective: putting  the criminal behind bars. It used to be that tracking down and apprehending criminal suspects required a combination of psychological outsmarting and a whole lot of physical legwork.  Today, while still necessitating the ability to outsmart criminals, the legwork has all but been replaced by new technology. Pertinent to todays ever-expanding criminal justice system is the implementation  of technology as a means by which to accomplish such objectives as criminal investigations, intelligence gathering, crime-mapping and analysis, predictions, personnel management and administration (Pelech, no date). Chapter 1  also points out a critical component of how forensics in the courtroom has evolved from an often erroneously applied element of evidence whereby conflicting expert witnesses served to muddle the  efficacy of scientific test procedures. The evidence used in State v. Jascalevich included the ability to survey human tissue years after a person is deceased. The primary concern was  whether or not the drug in question would have altered its composition or been made entirely unidentifiable with the passage of time, the presence of embalming fluid and the interaction  with soil. Chapter 2 Obtaining evidence is not considered a free-for-all where forensics is concerned, inasmuch as warrants are typically required when entering structures, buildings or other locations where  physical evidence is suspected to reside. Given the stringent legal ramifications of obtaining through illegal means - not the least of which includes recover key components without benefit of  a warrant - the forensic team stands to compromise the entire case by failing to follow mandated policy. Chapter 2 illustrates how evidence gathering encompasses myriad components that work in 

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