Realizing Reliability in Forensic Science from the Ground Up
72 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2014
This Article emphasizes that forensic flaws persist and that deficiencies in forensic science have harrowing implications for criminal justice. In the wake of numerous calls for forensic reform, I propose that we use existing models and frameworks already in place to improve the quality and cost of the U.S. forensic science program, rather than creating an entirely new and unaffordable system. At bottom, this Article calls for collaboration between crime labs, universities and research centers, and the criminal justice system with the goal of making forensic science more reliable.
Keywords: forensic science, fingerprinting, crime labs, forensic reform, DNA Testing, NAS Report, standards
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