There is a great deal of debate over how effective criminal profilers are at describing murderers. This issue was the center of a number of legal cases, such as Ohio v. Shelton , Louisiana v. Code, and Delaware v. Pennell, pertaining to whether criminal profilers should be considered expert witnesses. The ruling in these cases indicated that:

Since profiling is more of an art than a science, criminal profilers cannot be considered expert witnesses

Since profilers are highly trained and relatively accurate, they can act as expert witnesses in court cases

Since profiling is relatively new, more evidence needs to be gathered before legal decisions can be made about profilers serving as expert witnesses

Since profiling usually produces a very accurate depiction of murderers, profiles can be brought in as evidence, but criminal profilers cannot serve as expert witnesses
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The most effective method of improving the accuracy of criminal profiling is by:

Consulting mental health professionals

Integrating comprehensive theories of personality

Relying on eyewitness testimonies

Focusing on a broader range of suspects
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Substantive courses on criminal profiling have expanded and are more accessible today than they were in the past partially because of:

Federal grants

State grants

Certification requirements

Online courses
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Computerized profiling may be considered an effective method in the future because:

It can process all elements of a crime to create a profile of the murderer.

It can provide law enforcement agents with a way to create a profile at the scene of the crime.

It will make criminal profiling more of an art than a science.

It will eliminate human error.
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Recently, criminal profilers have tried to profile where the murderer resides. This type of profiling is referred to as:

Home profiling

Neighborhood profiling

Community profiling

Geographic profiling
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A new computer program called Criminal Geographic Targeting (CGT) helps create a geographic profile of a suspect. This information allows law enforcement agents to focus on:

A specific street on which the offender likely lives

A specific area in which the offender likely lives

A specific area where the offender will choose the next victim

A specific area where the offender will likely dispose of the next victim
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Which of the following changes to criminal profiling would make it more scientific?

If colleges offered more courses on criminal profiling

If the FBI provided more training strategies for law enforcement agents

If mental health and law enforcement professionals cooperated more with criminal profilers

If criminal profilers joined law enforcement departments
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There is some evidence indicating that serial and mass murderers kill because:

They want to become famou

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