The Use Of Forensic Science In Today's Society


Every year people judge various offenses about guilt without being biased by irrelevant factors. But forensic science can be used to determine if there was bias associated with age and gender in terms of the punishment received. In this case, forensic science is based around a survey which consisted of a 19 year old male and female, and a 35 year old male and female using the same plot four times. We hypothesize that there should be a distinct interaction between gender and age in terms of the degree of punishment received. The results show that the sentence given to the male defendant was not significantly different than that given to the female defendant. The sentence given to the 19 year old defendant was significantly different than that given to the 35 year old defendant. There was not a significant interaction between the gender of the defendant and the age of the defendant.

The forensic research conducted was meant to assess the manner in which people judge various offenses. In this instance, it goes without notice often that jury members have to make decisions about guilt without being biased by irrelevant factors. This was the basis for our lab, stemming from the desire to expound upon how people make decisions about guilt.

The justice system has begun a transition in terms of policies and procedures, making them more like those administered to adults. Now the right to a trial by jury has been extended to younger offenders. The difference, however, is that they are not tried by a jury of their peers, but rather, but a jury of adults. This raises issues about whether these adults might have negative bias toward youth which could potentially influence their decisions about the guilt of the youth. This literature examines two studies to determine whether the age of a defendant affects the decisions of the jurors in terms of the guilt and sentencing, and under which conditions this bias might take place. The first study accumulated data from two samples of jury adults. The first sample was a university sample while the second was a public sample. There were mock jurors who read over a trial transcript which involved either 13 year old, a 17 year old, or a 25 year old.

The results of this study indicated that the rate of guilt for defendants was not dependent or in any way affected by their age. However, shorter sentences were provided to the younger defendants. In the second study, mock jurors read the trial from the sample 1 but were asked to determine group verdicts. The same group verdicts showed no sign of significant variance in terms of the age of the defendant.