Another guest post by Allison Gamble to tide you guys over. Sorry about the inactivity.
The science of forensics, specifically forensic psychology, is a tool of the legal system. A forensic psychologist works to assess, identify and clarify psychological issues, without prejudice, in order to satisfy the court’s legal understanding of those issues. Forensic psychologists are often called upon to give psychological insight into cases like that of Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, whose behaviors preceding the attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabriele Giffordsmirrored those of a schizophrenic. Thus, the primary function of forensic psychology is to tie or untie the knot that binds mental illness to crime.