Will Reforms in Forensic Science Lead to Higher Salaries?
Posted by Staff Writers on March 7, 2009
Forensic Science has been badly in need of reforms for several years, even decades, as technology has advanced to such a point that we cannot afford to have mistakes that have occurred in past years. Forensic Science is a complex subject, in that it involves many different realms of criminal justice and is the most important aspect of many criminal proceedings. Without forensic analysis of hair particles and blood stains, many criminals would not be prosecuted or convicted. However, the new procedures in forensic science has helped many in the field earn a better salary and will inevitably lead to a better organized criminal justice system.
Forensic Science has come under fire in recent years because of the mounting evidence of many criminals’ presumed innocence. This has been a monumental development for forensics because it has meant that past law enforcement work has convicted innocent men and possibly even executed some of them. This is a frightening thought, but has become a reality for our criminal justice system as many men have been pardoned in lieu of recent forensic evidence. Along with these developments has come the new training recent graduates have received in school, which is vastly different from training of only a few decades ago. Recent forensics graduates are trained in the most current realms of forensic science and deserve to be paid higher salaries because of this fact.
Even today it is difficult to get accurate results from forensic tests, as many have an error rate around ten percent. When you are dealing with someone’s future or even life, this is a huge margin of error, leading many courts to wonder whether Forensic Science is a discipline of the justice system that should be continued. With many recent cases such as Todd Willingham in Texas (in which he was convicted and executed for the arson of his house and subsequent killing of his two daughters), courts have become increasingly hesitant to base an entire decision on forensic evidence. We are a nation based on the most basic freedoms, and the error rate of forensics seems to strip this away from a sizeable percentage of our population.
While forensic science may continue to be a discipline that raises skepticism among many people, the technological advances has meant that the analytic methods have become more carefully constructed. The error margin is down more than it ever has been, and recent graduates should look forward to a high paying salary as a result of these advances. These reforms are ongoing, but hopefully the next few years will reveal a justice system that can trust the forensic system one hundred percent of the time.