Tune in to any number of crime shows on television, and you’ll be awed by the high-tech forensic science on display. Time and again, investigators conclusively prove a suspect’s guilt with single strands of hair or a small scrap of DNA. One would think that such forensic techniques are infallible. In truth, however, not only is there much that forensic science simply can’t do, but even simple tests like breathalyzers are only as good as the people who maintain and operate them. Jessica S. Henry, an Associate Professor of Justice at Montclair State University in New Jersey, thinks bad forensic science could destroy the justice system.
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