Body-worn camera (BWC) is an emerging technology that has had a profound impact on the American legal system. This capstone explores the various ways in which BWCs are actively transforming the adjudication process of criminal cases. The first chapter discusses how BWCs have impacted the adjudication of cases in Monroe County, NY from the perspective of prosecutors, public defenders, and Rochester city court judges. The second chapter utilizes data from the previous paper to examine the evidentiary value of BWCs in Monroe County, NY. The third chapter discusses how prosecutors in Monroe County, NY, Travis County, TX, and San Diego County, CA think BWCs are becoming the new “CSI Effect.” More specifically, it details how prosecutors in these three jurisdictions believe that jurors are growing to expect BWC evidence in most cases and that such evidence impacts their decision-making. The final chapter uses data collected from the previous paper to discover how BWCs are impacting the adjudication process of domestic violence cases from the perspective of prosecutors.
Criminal Justice (MS)
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Department of Criminal Justice (CLA)
Smith, Shakierah, "The Impact of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) on Adjudication" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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