Frontline: The Real CSI

Frontline: The Real CSI

Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 p.m.

From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series “CSI”), forensic science is king.

Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases — and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics?

A "Frontline" investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom. 

As part of the investigative series “Post Mortem,” correspondent Lowell Bergman reports in a joint investigation with ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

Pictured: Joanna Grivetti, crime scene investigator in the homicide division of the Richmond, California, police department, inspects a vehicle in which a young man was shot.