Morals and Ethical Dilemmas in Criminalistics

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Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in Criminalistics

My career plan includes finishing school with several different degrees, to include; an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelors degree in Forensics/Investigations and a Bachelors degree in Technology. One of the most vital skills I have learned in my Critical Thinking and Ethics class is the importance of critical thinking. I am a natural procrastinator and using the critical thinking skills that I have acquire, I believe that I may be able to refrain from procrastination. When I began going back to school, I had the mindset that my work will come before my classes. I realized that I was thinking in an obstinate manner and that, yes my job is very important, I don’t plan on being there forever; and I needed to make the necessary changes to make my education just as much of a priority.

I’ve learned that I can be more reflective in my thought process, weighing the pros and cons of each decision I make. I do not have to follow the encultured ideas that were developed over time. I can discuss situations and entertain new ideas, so to make fair minded judgments and not make decisions based on association. No longer, will I take information at face value; I will do the necessary research and accept that there may be several different ideas in each situation.

My chosen career is in the Forensic Science field. Critical thinking will be very useful so to not base conclusions on past experience, or personal bias. Forensic personnel must use science as a basis to every case. Thinking critical when evaluating evidence, will help me to have an open mind and to visualize all aspects of the evidence.

The criminal justice field, in my belief, relies on the Anchoring with Adjustment Heuristic, making evaluations and adjusting only what is necessary, only if new evidence is presented. Since forensics is based on science and law, there must be absolute evidence to make a conviction. Scientists are dispassionate...
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