In this episode, we talk with University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor David Harris about his new book Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science. We discuss the cultural and organizational resistance to adopting scientific techniques into police and prosecutorial practices, and what social scientists can do about it.
Turnstyle — November 29, 2012
[...] Listening to Professor David Harris, that begins to seems like an overblown perception. In his new book Failed Evidence, Harris offers a counter-narrative that claims that in fact, police culture ignores much more basic social science – though it’s peer-reviewed and replicated – that identifies fundamental problems with common policing methods, and could result in more cases solved as well as fewer accusations of racial profiling. Harris wondered, why this resistance to social science findings that could greatly improve law enforcement’s success? We found out the answer in The Society Pages’ great Office Hours podcast, and you should too. [...]
Friday Roundup: November 30, 2012 » The Editors' Desk — November 30, 2012
[...] “Law Enforcement and Science with David Harris,” by Sarah Lageson. In which law professor David Harris discusses why law enforcement agencies are so reluctant to adopt and refine scientific techniques, and what social scientists can do about it. [...]