Discussion: Biases and Ethical Issues in Criminal Investigative Analysis
The criminal investigative analysis process can have an impact on investigations and prosecutions. As such, a forensic psychology professional must be aware of his or her own biases. There are many different biases that might affect conducting the analysis, writing the report, and even in potential courtroom testimony. Analysts must be aware of these biases and take steps to prevent the influences of these biases in their final work.
In this Discussion, you analyze biases and ethical issues that might affect criminal investigative analysis. You also analyze ways criminal investigative analysis can impact social change.
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Describe different biases that might affect criminal investigative analysis. Describe at least one ethical issue related to criminal investigative analysis and how you might address the issue (e.g., hired by prosecutor/defense, relationship with victim’s family, confirmation bias, expanding outside professional lane). Then, explain how criminal investigative analysis may impact social change. Provide an example