BOOKS: "Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect"

“Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect,” is a new book by Dennis J. Stevens, illustrating how television programs and media coverage affect public perception of criminal justice. The author, who teaches at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Belmont Abbey College, maintains that television shows like “CSI” can give the false impression that all crimes are easily solved through advanced forensic science. The author also addresses the problem of wrongful convictions, particularly in cases involving the death penalty. He notes that the money spent on the death penalty with all its problems could be used for more effective means of fighting crime. The book is designed for educational use.

(D. Stevens, “Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect,” Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011). See also Books.