Jay Koehler on Proficiency Testing

Here is the elephant in the board rooms of forensic science. Error rates etc. it’s 23 years since the Daubert “trilogy.” This article names all the players.

Forensics Forum

Read here, Jay Koehler’s great new piece titled “Forensics or Fauxrensics? Ascertaining Accuracy in the Forensic Sciences.”  The piece develops a concept of “Type II” proficiency testing designed to accurately assess error rates in forensic disciplines.

Here is the abstract:

Forensic science – which includes such techniques as DNA analysis, fingerprint examination, and firearms comparison – plays a crucial role in our criminal justice system by helping to convict the guilty and acquit the innocent. However, our confidence in forensic science conclusions must be tempered by the odds that those conclusions are wrong. What are those odds? Nobody knows the answer because no disinterested researchers have conducted the appropriate studies in any of the forensic science disciplines. This is a serious problem because, without this information, legal decision makers cannot properly assess the validity or probative value of forensic evidence. In this paper, I examine the institutional forces and…

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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