by Roger Koppl
On June 14th, Radley Balko posted an article on Huffington Post entitled “Private Crime Labs Could Prevent Errors, Analyst Bias: Report.” He explains some of the problems of forensic science in the US. He suggests that “rivalrous redundancy” could improve the system and links to my 2007 Reason Foundation Report explaining how rivalrous redundancy works.
For years, Radley has documented shocking problems in the American criminal justice system from no-knock warrants, to the snitch system, to forensic science. He contributed to the July 2011 special issue of Reason magazine on “Criminal Injustice.” The criminal justice system is the great fulcrum point where the power of the state meets the people. We need to be more conscious of the problems of our criminal justice system and the risks to our liberties created by those problems. And liberty loving scholars need to think harder about the nature of the problem and what to do about it.