Originally published April 16, 2012 at 10:51 a.m., updated July 9, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.
From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series “CSI”), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases — and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics?
Forensic Tools: What’s Reliable and What’s Not-So-Scientific by Jonathan Jones
No Forensic Background? No Problem by Leah Bartos ProPublica
Forensic Credentialing Org Responds to 'The Real CSI' by Gretchen Gavett
Discarded Doll: A Photo Essay of the Caylee Anthony Memorial Site by Andres Cediel
Can Unconscious Bias Undermine Fingerprint Analysis? by Gretchen Gavett
From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony and the FBI’s botched investigation of the Madrid terrorist bombing to capital cases in rural Mississippi, FRONTLINE documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice.
This episode originally aired in 2012.