In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences produced a lengthy report illuminating significant weaknesses present within the forensic community. One complex fault found in forensics was conformation bias. Since it is within human nature to make decisions based on contextual information, assumptions, and pre-held opinions, confirmation bias is an issue that will continue to persist. Therefore, stronger efforts must be made to recognize and abate the problem of bias within the field of forensics in order to preserve the notion that forensic science exists to serve principles of both truth and justice. Accordingly, this paper argues for the fight against bias to return to the forefront of forensic concern while providing a list of viable suggestions to help battle these unwarranted biases.
"Forensics’ Fight: A Need for Aggressive Strategies Against Confirmation Bias,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 5
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol5/iss1/11