Forensic Psychology

Sorelle Valliere

Forensic Psychology Definition

Forensic Psychologists are used to assist a variety of legal matters such as legal state of criminal defendants, jury selection, child custody law, violent risk prediction, medication resolution. They study and analyze information from criminals that will help them find out more about the crime.
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Many people interested in this line of work have been found working at prisons, jails, rehabilitation centers, police departments, law firms, schools, government agencies, or private practice. The principles of this field relate to criminal investigation and the law.


In order to have a job in Forensic Psychology, a bachelor's degree in psychology or criminal justice is needed. Master's degrees and doctorate degrees in this line of work are usually necessary.

Use in a Crime

Forensic Psychology is often used to punish criminals and prevent future crimes from happening. Psychologists study which kind of people would commit certain crimes in order to stop them from committing them.

Case Using Forensic Specialty

On July 15, 2008, Caylee Anthony was reported missing. Casey Anthony was charged with the murder of her daughter. She has denied the fact that she killed her and remains innocent until proven guilty. However, there have been multiple clues that lead the police to believe she indeed was the one to murder her daughter.
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