Academic Field

Criminal Justice, Sociology, Social Work, Women & Gender Studies

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Ann W. Bunch

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Before the discovery of DNA, eyewitness testimony and fingerprints were almost all the legal system had for identifying perpetrators. Improvements in eyewitness and fingerprint identification continue, yet the analysis of DNA is considered the most reliable identification method. The Innocence Project demonstrates that mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions in the U.S. This literature review examines how scientific methods such as fingerprints and especially DNA, have impacted criminal investigations over time.

Keywords

DNA, Forensic Science, Innocence project

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:00 PM

Location

SERC House of Fields

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Apr 10th, 11:15 AM Apr 10th, 12:00 PM

How has DNA identification and forensic science changed criminal investigations over time?

SERC House of Fields

Before the discovery of DNA, eyewitness testimony and fingerprints were almost all the legal system had for identifying perpetrators. Improvements in eyewitness and fingerprint identification continue, yet the analysis of DNA is considered the most reliable identification method. The Innocence Project demonstrates that mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions in the U.S. This literature review examines how scientific methods such as fingerprints and especially DNA, have impacted criminal investigations over time.