Science and technology play an increasingly important role in our society. Over recent decades, advancements in these areas have been incorporated into the Michigan criminal justice system, with the advent of DNA evidence and other new scientific evidence. While, in theory, reliance on new types of evidence can help the fair administration of justice, too often, these new developments are used solely to obtain convictions, rather than to ensure a fair process for those facing serious crimes.
A recent example of the fallibility of new types of evidence is discussed in a New York Times article. The article details the arrest of a man who was identified through facial recognition software.
Evidently, in February, 2019, a man stole candy from a convenience store. Police responded, and the man gave them a fake identification card. However, as the officers were processing the arrest, the defendant fled by hopping into the car and driving off. As he was fleeing the scene, he hit a police car and almost hit a police officer who was on foot.