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Archive: December 2020

CSAFE Presentation Examines Lay Jurors Perceptions of Forensics

December 18, 2020

Wilson Center researchers recently joined Nicholas Scurich, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California in Irvine, to explain their findings about lay jurors perceptions of forensic evidence.… Continue Reading →

In-Depth Look at Wilson Center-Affiliated Bass Connections Projects

December 16, 2020

By: Alexi DeLara

Every year, Duke University offers the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in Bass Connections, year-long research projects spanning a variety of topics. These students work as a team alongside faculty with a common end … Continue Reading →

New Mexico Supreme Court Raises Eyewitness ID Standards

December 14, 2020

The New Mexico Supreme Court recently cited Wilson Center research in a unanimous opinion that raises the standards for eyewitness identification under the state constitution.

The opinion in State v. Martinez affirmed a man’s convictions for killing two Santa Fe … Continue Reading →

Upcoming Paper Encourages Redistribution of Police Power

November 20, 2020

By De’Ja Wood

Over the summer, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparked national protests and discourse about the need for radical police reform. Organizers across the nation called on their local and state governments to defund the … Continue Reading →

Firearms Testimony: Should it be the Smoking Gun?

November 19, 2020

By Alexi DeLara 

In recent decades, researchers, judges, and journalists have raised questions regarding the reliability of a range of widely utilized forensic techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, forensic comparison methods, such as latent fingerprint and firearm … Continue Reading →

Join Our Team: Wilson Center Hiring an Associate Director

November 18, 2020

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School is hiring an Associate Director.

From the job description:

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice aims to conduct interdisciplinary research to advance criminal justice and civil rights. The … Continue Reading →

Federal Compassionate Release Opinion Cites Wilson Center Research on Risk Assessment

November 6, 2020

A U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan cited research from the Wilson Center for Science and Justice in an order this week granting an incarcerated man compassionate release.

Desmond Reginal Rodgers was serving 200 months in prison … Continue Reading →

New Article from Garrett, Albright First to Explore Intersection of Law, Science of Eyewitness Evidence

August 24, 2020

Eyewitness evidence, used in tens of thousands of criminal cases each year, crucially depends on eyewitness memory, which is quite fallible. The potential inaccuracy of eyewitness memory has been long demonstrated by examples of misidentifications, including in cases of wrongful … Continue Reading →

New CSAFE Study Shows Juror Appraisals of Forensic Evidence

August 11, 2020

A new CSAFE study by Duke Center for Science and Justice Director Brandon Garrett, Research Director William Crozier and Towson University’s Jeff Kukucka was released online in late July and will appear in the October issue of Forensic Science International.… Continue Reading →

New Study Funded by CSAFE Reveals Impact of Forensic Evidence on Jurors

August 3, 2020

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) funded a Duke Center for Science and Justice Study that reveals the impact of forensic evidence on jurors.

The article “Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence” … Continue Reading →

Report: Justice System Must Improve Quality of Forensic Science for Courtroom Presentation

July 24, 2020

Is forensic science in the courtroom as trustworthy as it seems?

Not always, according to a new report co-authored by Duke Center for Science and Justice Research Director William Crozier.

“Faulty forensic science sometimes makes its way into the courtroom … Continue Reading →

Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoc Joins Permanently as New Research Director

July 13, 2020

Dr. William Crozier has permanently joined the Duke Center for Science and Justice as the new Research Director after working for about two years as a post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Crozier received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Penn State before … Continue Reading →