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Reforming the Nation’s Forensic Labs

On the heels of the recently reported Massachusetts drug lab scandal, Brandon L. Garrett and Peter Stout published an article on Slate.com calling for a critical look at redirecting funding
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Insights: Mt. Everest— We Are Going to Lose Many

INSIGHTS Mt. Everest— We Are Going to Lose Many: A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners’ Attitudes Towards Probabilistic Reporting OVERVIEW Traditionally, forensic examiners tend to use categorical language in their reports,
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Webinar Q&A: Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearms Studies

On Feb. 10, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) hosted the webinar, Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearms Studies. It was presented by
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Algorithmic Evidence in Criminal Trials

Guest Blog Kori Khan Assistant Professor Department of Statistics, Iowa State University   We are currently in an era where machine learning and algorithms offer novel approaches to solving problems
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Overview of the Firearms Process Map.

OSAC’s New Process Map Focuses on Firearms Examinations

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science, in partnership with the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), has just released a process map that describes
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NIST/NIJ Evidence Management Survey

NIST and NIJ seeking participants for Evidence Management Survey

Do you or your organization handle physical evidence?  If so, you can help develop best practices by completing the Evidence Management Survey. Input from this survey will be used to
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Insights: Latent Print Comparison and Examiner Conclusions

INSIGHT Latent Print Comparison and Examiner Conclusions A Field Analysis of Case Processing in One Crime Laboratory OVERVIEW While research on error rates and identifying areas of bias and influence
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A NEW NAME AND A NEW HORIZON: THE WILSON CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND JUSTICE

In recognition of a $5 million dollar grant from the Wilson Foundation, CSAFE partner institution Duke University renamed its Center for Science and Justice the Wilson Center for Science and
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Insights: Probabilistic Reporting in Criminal Cases in the United States

INSIGHT Probabilistic Reporting in Criminal Cases in the United States: A Baseline Study OVERVIEW Forensic examiners are frequently asked to give reports and testimonies in court and there have been
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Insights: Juror Appraisals of Forensic Science Evidence

INSIGHT Juror Appraisals of Forensic Science Evidence: Effects of Proficiency and Cross-examination OVERVIEW Researchers conducted two studies to determine how much an examiner’s blind proficiency score affects the jurors’ confidence
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Insights: Implementing Blind Proficiency Testing in Forensic Laboratories

INSIGHT Implementing Blind Proficiency Testing in Forensic Laboratories: Motivation, Obstacles, and Recommendations OVERVIEW Accredited forensic laboratories are required to conduct proficiency testing –– but most rely solely on declared proficiency
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Closed Source Forensic Software: Confronting the Evidence?

There is a persistent underlying flaw in the criminal justice system, stemming from unvalidated forensic science cloaked in intellectual property. Not only does this pose a risk when forensic evidence
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