The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: The NAS Report on Strengthening Forensic Science in America

Science & Justice, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 8-11, March 2010

10 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011

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David H. Kaye

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law; Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - School of Life Science

Date Written: September 9, 2009

Abstract

This paper, presented at 5th Triennial Conference of the European Academy of Forensic Science in September 2009, (1) describes the history of the U.S. National Academies' reports on forensic science issues; (2) summarizes key parts of the 2009 NRC report on strengthening forensic science in America; and (3) considers the implications of this latest report for governments, for forensic scientists, and for courts and lawyers in America. I express both pessimism (about the most dramatic proposals for reform) and optimism (about smaller but useful enhancements to the current system).

Keywords: forensic science, NAS, NRC, scientific evidence

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: The NAS Report on Strengthening Forensic Science in America (September 9, 2009). Science & Justice, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 8-11, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849165

David H. Kaye (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

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Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - School of Life Science ( email )

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

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