Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Introduction

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Introduction

By: Lisa Smith (author), John Bond (author)Paperback

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Bridging the gap between the study of criminal justice and forensic science, Lisa Smith and John Bond provide a straightforward but comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of forensic science in its wider criminal justice context. This much-needed text: * takes students through the different types of evidence, technologies and methods used in criminal investigations, both at the crime scene and in a court of law; * analyses real-life forensic examples, drawn from a range of international contexts; and * encourages a critical perspective, through its examination of popular media representations and of contemporary issues and debates, including technological advances, the need for standardisation in forensic laboratories and the ethics of biometric databases. Engaging and easy to follow, this multidisciplinary overview contextualises the operation of science in the criminal justice system, offering crucial insight for social and natural science students alike.

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Lisa Smith is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester, UK, and Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute. John Bond OBE is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Sciences at the University of Leicester, UK, and was previously Head of Forensic Services for Northamptonshire Police.


1. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Forensic Studies 2. Identification Evidence 3. Comparison Evidence 4. Crime Scene Examination 5. Interpreting Evidence 6. Forensic Science in the Popular Media 7. Forensic Science in the Courtroom 8. Issues in Contemporary Forensic Science and Justice

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/12/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781137310255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 236
  • ID: 9781137310255
  • weight: 297
  • ISBN10: 1137310251

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