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Assessing the reliability of a clothing-based forensic identification

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/03/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number10
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)5176-5183
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date24/02/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences was highly critical of many forensic practices. This report concluded that significant changes and advances were required to ensure the reliability across the forensic sciences. We examine the reliability of one such forensic technique used for identification based on purported distinct patterns on the seams of denim pants. Although first proposed more than 20 years ago, no thorough analysis of reliability or reproducibility of this forensic technique has previously been reported. We performed a detailed analysis of this forensic technique to determine its reliability and efficacy.