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Expanding Research to Examine the Impacts of Forensic Science on the Criminal Justice System

Speakers
Eric Martin, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice; James Anderson, Director, Justice Policy Program and Institute for Civil Justice, RAND Corporation; Kevin J. Strom, PhD Director, Center for Policing Research & Investigative Science, RTI International ; Donia Slack Research Forensic Scientist, Associate Director of NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), RTI International

In 2004, the National Institute of Justice created the social science research on forensic sciences (SSRFS) research program to explore the impact of forensic sciences on the criminal justice system and the administration of justice. Much of the early research from the SSRFS program focused on DNA processing and the use of DNA in investigations and prosecutions. Now, after over ten separate research projects, including a demonstration field experiment, the SSRFS research agenda is set to enter into a new phase by approaching questions much broader than just the impact of DNA research on investigations. This panel will highlight notable projects on DNA processing efficiencies, cost-benefit analyses, and forensic evidence’s impact on investigations from both the SSRFS program and complementary NIJ research efforts. We will then discuss the next set of research topics the SSRFS program will explore and highlight outstanding questions from these topics.

Date Created: December 8, 2020