Reality, fantasy and the truth about CSI effects

Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Hielkje Verbrugge

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Recently, in courts around the world, concerns have proliferated about 'CSI effects'. In a nutshell, the issue is whether frequent viewing of popular crime television shows, such as Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), influences legal decisions. Forensic scientists have complained that the scientific analyses used for testing in CSI shows are partly nonexistent and deliver a picture of forensic work that is too glamorous, streamlined and racy (Cole & Dioso-Villa, 2007). Particular concerns revolve around the fear that jurors' expectations about forensic science and police procedures are shaped by portrayals in fictional crime shows and that this affects the rights of defendants and crime victims (Tyler, 2006).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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