Hi everyone, welcome to my first blog post!
As I get through my Senior Project, I will attempt to answer the question of whether or not we can use forensic psychology within other criminal investigation divisions, in specific, missing or cold cases. Through this, I also hope to further analyze the holes within the system of forensic psychology and would be able to provide a more substantial answer to whether or not it is effective to be applied in other fields of criminal study. The analysis of forensic psychology within missing or cold cases could be used in order to pave the way for the use of forensic psychology in different systems of criminal justice and to an extent, even past criminal justice.
Forensics and forensic psychology in particular has been a very important study within the topic of law and criminal law enforcement. Currently, forensic psychology is not permissible in a court of law, and depending on future findings that decision could change, allowing for the use of forensic psychology along with physical evidence in order to put away more dangerous criminals. In order to address my topic, I will be at first analyzing texts written by forensic psychologists and sociologists in order to learn more about forensic psychology and its applications. I will then apply what I have learned to a study of official documents released by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI.
This week, I will be traveling to different libraries in order to find sources for my project as well as access to old data archives. In order to collect old court cases, I will need to go to several courthouses in and out of state and request specific files. The cases I will attempt to archive will be public. This weekend, I will be going to the Library Congress to find specific sources dating back to 1998.
Next week, I will begin my internship at Zolon Tech where I will be working with my onsite mentor, Jennifer Mercier. At Zolon Tech, I will be doing graphic design as well as data entry in order to get a firmer grasp on the analysis of statistics that will help me with my project. Next week, I hope to update you on my first days at my internship!