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The CSI Effect: Fact vs. Fiction

THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by: THE CSI EFFECT Fact v. Fiction The popular TV shows portray scientists working in labs and solving crimes at rapid speeds, with technology that isn't yet available. We take a look at the difference between how real forensic scientists work and how they are shown on TV. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS DNA SAMPLES? REAL LIFE : ON CSI A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS 33 APPROXIMATELY SECONDS 200,000-300,000 "This TV show comes on and everyone starts watching it - including the cops and prosecutors - and submissions to forensic laboratories go through the roof" BACKLOGGED DNA SAMPLES IN U.S. LABS AS A WHOLE Max Houck to the BBC "On television, the toxicology results are available almost instantaneously. But when people find out that it can take several months, they can find that very difficult." Forensic pathologist Dr Patricia McFeeley to the BBC ARE THE CSI A TIGHT-KNIT GROUP OF INVESTIGATORS? REAL LIFE ON CSI In Miami 29 well-trained police officers in the CSI unit are a "fairly cohesive unit". Officers work together in to investigate crimes, often dining together and discussing cases. CSI comes closest to reality here. -Police Sergeant Stephen Miller HOW OFTEN DO FORENSIC EXPERTS FIND USABLE EVIDENCE AT A CRIME SCENE? 5% TO 10% 100% 5% TO 10% 100% OF ALL CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVE BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF THE CASES THAT COULD BE SUBJECTED TO DNA TESTING HAVE USABLE EVIDENCE HOW OFTEN ARE FORENSIC TESTS CONCLUSIVE? REAL LIFE ON CSI 30% 100% 30% OF CASES 100% HAVE DNA THAT CAN BE OF THE TESTS ARE CONCLUSIVE TIED TO ANOTHER CRIME HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A DNA SAMPLE? 2- 10 PEOPLE THE SAMPLE ONE PERSON 1 PERSON CAN PASS THROUGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 10 PEOPLE HOW BIG IS C.O.D.I.S.? As OF 2006, THE COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM CONTAINED 3.3 MILLION DNA SA MPLES FROM CONVICTED OFFENDERS. CODIS TOTAL U.S. POPULATION 3.3 MILLION DNA SAMPLES 312 MILLION PEOPLE DO CSI REALLY DRIVE HUMMERS? ON CSI Crime Scene Investigators drive to crime scenes in hummers, process the scene, and interview anyone around. CSI often participate in raids, stings, and other parts of the investigation that have nothing to do with the crime scene. C.S.I. CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION REAL LIFE Real Miami CSI personnel do not make arrests, interview suspects, or drive hummers. '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 CSI MIAMI INTRODUCED GM RETIRES HUMMER BRAND FORENSIC SCIENCE Brought to you by:

The CSI Effect: Fact vs. Fiction

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Some of the most popular shows on television revolve around scientists and investigators trying to hunt down criminals. Using forensic evidence, they assembled pieces of the puzzle until they uncover ...

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