Increasingly, society’s perception about crime and criminal justice is being formed through exposure to various forms of media, which include television, video, movies, and the internet.
The number and variety of media options about crime, both factual and fictional is huge, and increasing every day.
News broadcasts which report crime in a community, can be classified as “crime information.” For the most part they provide accurate information about crime.
On the other hand “crime as entertainment” are just what they claim to be, fictional crime stories. CSI, Law & Order, NCIS are programs which come to mind.
In addition, “reality crime” shows have made their appearance in that past several years. Some of those include American Justice, Cold Case Files, COPS and many others.
Thanks to all of these types of programs, the boundary between real crime information and crime entertainment have increasingly blurred the line between reality and fiction in the REAL criminal justice system.
As a result, we, in the Office of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney, spend an enormous amount of time in jury selection discussing misperceptions of jurors about the reality of the criminal justice system versus the fictional crime solvers of the entertainment world.