In Crime's Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence

British Journal of Criminology, (advance access) August 13, 2013

UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2013/7

32 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2013 Last revised: 5 Aug 2018

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Katherine Biber

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2013

Abstract

This article explores the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence. During the criminal trial, strict rules govern the collection, admission and interpretation of evidence at trial. However, after the conclusion of the trial, this material returns to a notional ‘archive’ and is sometimes used by artists, scholars, curators and others, but subject to no rules nor standards. This article examines a range of instances in which criminal evidence has been used post-trial, and proposes a jurisprudence of sensitivity for responding to the harm that is sometimes done when criminal evidence leads a cultural afterlife.

Note: A full-length book on this subject is now published, titled In Crime's Archive: The cultural afterlife of evidence, by Katherine Biber (Routledge, 2018).

Keywords: criminal evidence, crime scene photographs, visual criminology, open justice

Suggested Citation

Biber, Katherine, In Crime's Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence (December 1, 2013). British Journal of Criminology, (advance access) August 13, 2013; UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2013/7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2315872

Katherine Biber (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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