Improving the Use of Forensic Evidence

evidence bag and test tubes

Scientific evidence plays an increasing role in criminal cases, including traditional forensic methods, such as fingerprint and firearms comparisons, but also new ways of evaluating DNA.

But how accurate and effective is this evidence? And do jurors, lawyers, and judges fully understand its implications? The Center works on research and policies that improve forensic methods and the reliability of forensic evidence used in court.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab

Faculty Director Brandon Garrett's Autopsy of a Crime Lab explores the sources of error and the faulty science behind a range of well-known forensic evidence, from fingerprints and firearms to forensic algorithms.

Selected Publications