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NCJ Number: 134351 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Science: The Need for Regulation
Journal: Harvard Journal of Law and Technology  Volume:4  Dated:(Spring 1991)  Pages:109-191
Author(s): R N Jonakait
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 83
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A mandatory regulatory system will help bring much needed improvement to forensic laboratories.
Abstract: First, this article documents the widespread, poor quality work performed in forensic science laboratories and then explores the underlying reasons for the current inadequacies, describes a regulatory system that has produced better quality in clinical laboratories, shows how similar regulations would improve forensic science laboratories, and identifies differences between clinical and forensic facilities that might make the imposition of the clinical laboratory regulation model difficult. A lack of personnel, money, experience, and an appropriate institutional superstructure make comprehensive regulation of crime laboratories unfeasible, but forensic facilities should at least be required to undergo mandatory, blind proficiency testing, and the results of this testing should be made public. Such testing would be an essential first step toward correcting inherent problems in the forensic science system. 289 footnotes
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories; Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Quality control; Regulations; Research methods; Standards implementation
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