CSI, The First Forty-eight, Date Line, Law and Order and Criminal Justice are just a few examples

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CSI, The First Forty-eight, Date Line, Law and Order and Criminal Justice are just a few examples of shows on the T.V. networks today that roll out a visual of the term victimology. According to Box 1.1 in the class text, Crime Victims, An Introduction to Victimology, by Andrew Aarmen, March 2012, victimology is the work done by law enforcement teams as they gather as much detailed information pertaining to a victim’s life while they were alive as they possibly can in order to help them identify the perpetrator of the crime, take them to court, and hopefully obtain a guilty verdict and appropriate sentencing. The first part of Box 1.1 like the shows in each of their episodes breaks down all the individual actions that make up the whole…show more content…
Another extremely important service available now, not so readily available a few short years ago is the advancing technology to which law enforcement agencies now has access. There are cell phones with their records and cell phone towers which can pinpoint where calls originated from because of GPS and other tracking capabilities they now have that come standard in cell phones. There is also texting available to anyone with a cell phone. The computer has become a big resource for a variety of data. Social media is often critical to a search. Groups such as Twitter, Face Book and other Social Media Groups abound. There is little to no right to privacy given or implied on these sites. Conversations and posts are ripe for the picking. In cases such as the Jody Arias Trial we saw a great deal of information from her cell phone, text messages and social media being presented by the defense as well as the prosecution. These sites can also lead you to others who might know the individuals who knew victim might know as well as what they were involved in just prior to their death. This is a picture of what victimology is. It is also sometimes a best case scenario, a dream too good to be true for many areas in the USA. CSI and other shows demonstrate how this process might work under the most ideal of conditions with the most highly trained and most capable of

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