The FORENSICS: Examining the Evidence website promotes an understanding of the tools to weigh the application of scientific methodologies and human interpretation in forensic science processes. In addition to the information throughout the site, below is a list of additional resources that support further understanding of the forensic science process as it relates to the legal system.
For more than 20 years, several federal agencies have supported the efforts of various scientific working groups, often referred to as SWGs, for the advancement of forensic standards and techniques. These multidisciplinary groups assist in developing standards and guidelines and improve communications throughout their respective disciplines. Please note that clicking on the items below will take you away from the FORENSICS: Examining the Evidence website.
Executive Summary, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, 2009 is reprinted with permission by the National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. The full report can be found at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12589
Basic forensic science education from the National Forensic Science Technology Center.
An interactive website on the “CSI effect” that popular TV programs may be having on today’s juries.
NIJ training on Communication Skills for Forensic Analysts.
The IABPA promotes education, establishes training standards and encourages research in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis.
NIJ sponsors a variety of courses, both online and in a classroom, for criminal justice professionals.
Covering all major evidentiary doctrines, the text provides a blueprint for introduction of evidence at trial.
A widely used textbook by DNA analysts.
In his memoir, Clarke chronicles his experiences in some of the most disturbing and notorious sexual assault and murder court cases in California.
This article discusses bias in the forensic laboratory and its influence in the courts.