The C.S.I. Effect
The television shows C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigator is very popular.
But the success of the C.S.I. forensic-science series has idealized the science of
investigating crimes. This has created a term called the C.S.I. effect.
This effect has positive and negative side.
The C.S.I. shows have adversely impacted the justice system.
Since the first C.S.I. show started in 2000, there has been an increase in applicants
at police stations, morgues and science laboratories. Therefore applications for
forensic related fields have risen in universities. But many graduates are disappointed
that difference between real and C.S.I. shows.
The C.S.I. effect is often more negative than positive. For example, C.S.I. shows
have simplified a very complex system of analyzing evidence and prosecuting
And Techniques from previous C.S.I. shows that using bleach to remove blood stains or
fingerprints are ill-used by criminals.
Influencing Court Cases
Court cases are changed by the C.S.I. effect. Now, forensic-science are too relied on court than before.
Forensic evidence like DNA sample dominate a large part of court cases. This is contrast to previous cases where motive and opportunity to commit a crime were the main focus. This pressure on forensic technicians.
TV show never have had such an important effect on the justice system before.