The CSI Effect

There has been an increase in the number of the television shows that are based on Crime Scene Investigation [CSI]. This infographic titled “The CSI Effect” points out what exactly is the difference between a real life crime investigation and reel life crime investigation. The main aim of this infographic is to make people realize that the technology shown on TV is not yet applicable in the real life and cases cannot be solved at a rapid pace as is shown in the TV series.

For instance the processing of DNA samples takes few weeks to several months in reality, but on CSI this happens in just 33 seconds. The reality is that there are 200,000 to 300,000 backlogged DNA samples in U.S. labs.

The toxicology results are available almost instantly on CSI whereas in actual they take up a lot of time– from weeks to months. In reality, just 5% to 10% of all criminal cases involve biological evidence that could be subjected to DNA testing. On CSI, 100% of the cases have usable evidence. This points out the gap that exists between actuality and framed up television shows. On CSI, it just takes one person to process a DNA sample, whereas in reality 2-10 people are needed to complete the DNA testing process. If you by any chance think that CSI ride in Hummers to investigate crime scenes, then you’re wrong. They don’t!

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The CSI Effect


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